Sharing the light

Sierra Rains

A trend is catching on around Carter County as various towns plan ways to show health care workers support by lighting up local hospitals.

On Thursday, April 9, individuals are invited to join the Healdton Police Department in shining their headlights, sounding their horns and showing appreciation for medical workers at the Healdton Mercy Hospital, located at 3462 Hospital Rd.

Individuals are asked to arrive at 8 p.m. and to remain in their vehicles during the event, entitled Headlights for Heroes. Those planning to attend are also asked to refrain from blocking the entrance to the ER.

About a week ago, Ardmore had its own gathering called Headlights for Hope at the Ardmore Mercy Hospital, where large amounts of community members showed up and filled the entire front parking lot.

Lights could be seen from almost every window in the hospital and some spotted health care workers observing the gathering from upper floors. Other hospital employees, still in their scrubs, gathered outside of the facility to wave to the community members that came together to support them.

Gatherings like these offer people a safe way to get out and create memories and also to be a part of blessings taking place around the community, said Headlights for Hope event organizer and Impact Ardmore director Misty Apala.