Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks | Videographer: Daniel Heffner
Campbell Co., VA - The Campbell County Human Resources Department is celebrating Public Servants Awareness Week. The department has planned an entire week of festivities for employees there.
It is a kind gesture in the midst of hard economic times as the county deals with a $7.5 million deficit.
"Our staff works incredibly hard to keep the citizens served on a daily basis and our staff and our volunteers do an outstanding job and this is a small way that Campbell County can say, 'Thank you,'" said Sherry Harding, public information officer in Campbell County.
And they're getting a little creative.
"When everybody got to work there was a banner across the door, or a poster that said thank you for what you do," said Harding.
The goal is to top the previous day's gift. Elizabeth Worth is busy gearing up for Tuesday.
"My family being the great bakers that we are got together and decided 'we'll bake cupcakes," said Worth, a county employee.
It's for "You Take the Cake Day."
"535 cupcakes so that every county employee can have a little something sweet on Tuesday," she said.
She was busy frosting and adding little touches Monday.
"Maybe it's a labor of love, I don't know, plus I believe a home should smell good and all this week I get to go home with a house smelling like Devil's Food cake and lemon cake. I mean who doesn't want that?" said Worth.
"It's a human touch. Someone took the time to do that, and that's what makes it special." Said Harding.
And it's not going without notice.
"There's been a lot of challenges over the past year, especially with budgets, a lot of cuts and a lot of sacrifice so it's good to get a little bit of recognition," said Brandon Turner with economic development .
"Having someone that just comes by and says, 'Hey thanks for being you and thanks for doing what you do...' it means so much in the bigger part of things," said Worth.
There was hardly any cost to the county at all besides time. As for the rest of the week - there will be all kinds of fun stuff. Friday, employees can dress in the era they started their public service.