BRISTOL – Ellie Wilson, program chair of the Bristol Historical Society, has created an ornament which people can purchase to honor essential workers and volunteers and to help raise funds for the Historical Society.
Wilson has purchased an order of 150 pewter ornaments from Woodbury Pewter and designed them with help from Tom Dickau and Rick Fitzsimons. Named “Profiles of Courage,” one side of the ornament reads “America's Essential Workers & Volunteers Coronavirus 2020” and the other reads “America Thanks You 2020.”
Wilson said she created the ornament as a way to “pay it forward.”
“I wanted to do something to recognize and thank our essential workers and volunteers,” she said. “People can buy this ornament and pass it along to someone who helped keep them safe during all of this. They can thank a medical professional, an EMT, a policeman, a fireman, a store clerk, a food server, a media reporter, a neighbor who helped buy their groceries or people in many other occupations.”
The ornaments are $15 and can be purchased at City True Value Hardware at 750 Farmington Ave. Additionally, this Saturday, people can pick them up at the Bristol Historical Society at 98 Summer St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot. Those who pick them up there must be wearing a mask and must reserve the ornament in advance. Only exact cash or checks will be accepted. Debit or credit cards will not be accepted.
To reserve an ornament, call Tom Dickau at 860-582-1537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “ornament” in the subject line. Wilson said people can also fill out an order form and if there is demand beyond the 150 ornaments she would be willing to order a second run of them.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.