It’s a sweet gesture from Comox firefighters to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They’re giving away 600 custom-made chocolate bars to Comox Valley essential workers.

Using their own money the firefighters worked with local company, Hot Chocolates to make and custom label these bars.

Starting today firefighters will be hand-delivering them to various locations in Comox and other parts of the valley, including the hospital, to be given to essential workers.

Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner says the idea was hatched around Christmas. 

“The idea was born that we would contact local businesses, buy some products, and pass them onto essential workers. We chose chocolate bars in this case because we thought that would be apropos for essential workers, sweeten them up a little bit. They are going through tough times right now.”

Schreiner says that while the  firefighters spent about $2000 out of their own pockets on the chocolate bars, it’s well worth the investment.

“It makes the firefighters feel really good,” he said. “We’re essential workers, too and we appreciate the support the community has given us and we would just like to thank our coworkers out there.”

He added that he is very proud of his fellow firefighters.

“They do so much for our community and are always looking for creative ways to make a positive difference. Not only does this project show our support to some of our many local essential workers but it also supports local business.”

Comox Firefighter Association chairperson, Sandy Pridmore says: “We have a great team of firefighters here in Comox and we are always looking for ways to help our community. We recognize that there are hundreds of very important essential workers out there and we will not have enough bars to go around but we wanted to do what we could.”