İlknur and Eser Akdeniz painted and attached a home-made banner at their Johnson Street home, where they have been living since 2013. The message, “Thank You – health heroes, first responders and essential workers” is to honor all those who help keep the world running, namely firefighters, police, the UPS drivers — anyone working on the front lines, said Ilknur in a phone interview in April.
“Everybody has too much stress in this very sensitive time,” she said. So, she and her husband were hoping that their banner would bring a smile to people’s faces.
She said she used an old bedsheet and her husband bought blue paint for the background. The letters are stenciled, making the white letters stand out from the blue background.
And they did get feedback from people driving by and honking, and from neighbors who appreciated the message. The Akdenizes originally hailed from Turkey, and their hearts go out to people who suffer all over the world. They have two daughters, 11 and 5 years old.
“We’re all human,” Ilknur said. “We’re all human, and we have to respect each other.”
Like the virus itself, kindness can also be contagious. “If you smile, maybe people will smile back,” she said.
Banner Sends Message To Neighbors – And The World