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Expression of thanks: Snack bags delivered to health care workers, first-responders

Larsen Jay said volunteers stepped up to donate, resulting in more than 2,000 "encouragement snack bags."

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A grassroots bid to show appreciation to area health care workers and first-responders resulted Friday in more than 2,000 "encouragement snack bags" being delivered to hospitals, fire departments and ambulance crews.

Larsen Jay, who previously founded Random Acts of Flowers, said he wanted to show appreciation for the work professionals are doing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He posted a message on Facebook recently, and many responded this week.

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Snack bags being delivered Friday.

A Knox County commissioner, Jay said the idea came not from his elected position but from a desire to simply say thanks.

Nearly 100 donors offered snack foods that were assembled Thursday for delivery Friday.

"All week we had people donating all kinds of things," he said.

Jay said Friday "an army of volunteers" stepped up to make the deliveries, including eight area hospitals and two fire departments.

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Snacks going out to health care workers.

The snack bags feature eight to nine snack foods. The goal was to have all of the bags delivered by 1 p.m. Friday.

The new year is an excellent chance for everyone to show their appreciation for all that's being done in the community, he said.