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Bakersfield to declare Jan. 15 'Operation White Lights Day,' in honor of front line workers

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 19:39:11-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The City of Bakersfield, in partnership with Dignity Health Bakersfield, will honor those healthcare workers who have been called to care during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Operation White Lights campaign.

Mayor Karen Goh, on behalf of the City of Bakersfield, will make a proclamation declaring Friday, January 15 “Operation White Lights Day,” and the city will light up the tree at Centennial Plaza in all white lights in support of the campaign.

“Everyone who works in health care has demonstrated unwavering courage in the face of this pandemic,” says Robin Mangarin-Scott, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Dignity Health Central California. “Their strength and humanity is a light of hope for so many patients and families impacted by COVID-19. Operation White Lights is a way to lift up our healers and let them know the community cares about them.”

Mercy and Memorial Hospitals encourage community leaders, businesses, and residents to join Operation White Lights by displaying white lights and ribbons on homes, businesses, cars, or worn on lapels as a gesture of support for care teams and first responders throughout Kern County and by sharing messages of gratitude on social media.

Additionally, Mercy and Memorial are displaying tunnels of white lights at employee entrances during the month of January and will display luminarias with messages of gratitude and encouragement at the end of the month at each hospital in celebration of our health care heroes.