A FLAG for Hope


Bridget Lomax, Author

Everyone has heard people tell them to help support local restaurants by ordering in on quarantine. Luckily, if you’re not in the mood for food yourself, FLAG allows you to do your part behind the scenes.

The Front Line Appreciation Group, better known as FLAG, began in Chatham and Madison as a project between two mothers. It has since then grown to become a nationwide effort.

Now what does FLAG do exactly? It is an organization that allows you to donate money to their cause. These donations are used to buy meals from local restaurants which are then distributed to first responders. In a local hospital, for example, Short Hills Troop 19 raised over $2000 for FLAG. This money was used to buy two days worth of lunches from La Strada for local hospital workers.

There are a few other ways to help their effort, too. Every Monday at 7:00 PM, FLAG encourages people to walk outside and cheer for first responders everywhere. If you don’t want to leave a donation, you can create a fuel box. They are quite simply boxes of treats, such as water, granola bars, or oranges, that are decorated with notes of appreciation on the outside. FLAG delivers these boxes to first responders along with the meals. Please see their website for more information.

Having donated myself, I can attest that FLAG is a fabulous place to give if you want to help but don’t know how. Not only are you supporting restaurants, but you are enabling our first responders to do their best. If you’re interested, please check out their website at https://www.flag2020.org/.