LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Frontline workers across Mid Michigan are putting their lives at risk to help treat those with COVID-19. WILX and our owners, Gray Media wanted to show them our appreciation.
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We know there are many in the community that would like to help as well. We also know that ordering food may help many of our local restaurants who are also hurting during this time.
We started on Tuesday, April 14. News 10 covered the costs for Saddleback Barbecue in Lansing to feed the team at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital as a thank you and a way to show our appreciation to them for everything they are doing.
Then, during the week of April 20, News 10, in partnership with PCFU, gave thanks to Sparrow Hospital in Ionia with the help of Big Johns Steak & Onion. PCFU covered the cost for lunch. The restaurant's supervisor said it's important for everyone to do their part during the pandemic.
"Just taking care of everybody in the situation that we're in. I mean these people are exposed to this virus on a daily basis. We're just out serving the public and I think it's a good thing for people outside the medical community to step up and help out," said Nick Berry.
On Monday, May 4, New 10 dropped off food from Gene Davis and Sons Catering to Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson. The nurses at the hospital say the outpouring of support from the community has made this difficult time much easier.
"It's a weird time in the hospital right now. We don't have a lot of visitors, we're not allowed to see a lot of people, some health care staff are actually quarantining from their families. So just having these little things like this makes a big difference to our staff every day. We know that our community is thinking about us, and helping us get through this COVID situation," said Matt Matthias, a registered nurse. "This has been wonderful to see the community outpouring all this support in donating food to the ER. We really appreciate WILX especially working with somebody local and supporting our community. It really makes the staff feel good during times like these."
Our next stop was on Friday, May 8. News 10 dropped off food to the firefighters at the Delhi Township Fire Department in partnership with City Limits.
Each firefighter received a boxed lunch.
Brian Ball, the Delhi Township Fire Chief said, "It makes us feel good and what people say is this is a thankless job, and this is a huge thank you to us."
The fire department said they are proud to protect their community in a time of need.
Lieutenant Corey Drolett said, "I think everybody here is here to help others, especially now. There are lot of people that can' go to work right now, but that doesn't mean people don't need us. We're always here for them and that is why we like doing our job; to help people."
City Limits said they were happy to partner with us. Feeding frontline workers is one way we can show our appreciation.
Owner of City Limits, Van Orlando said, "We're in this together, so if we can use all of our resources to help people out. It's great being part of the community and it's a great opportunity to help out."
We started off the week of May 11 partnering with Ryan's Roadhouse to provide lunch for Sparrow Clinton Hospital workers.
Workers told News 10 they're thankful to everyone who has provided support during the coronavirus pandemic whether that be through donations or just a few words of encouragement.
"The community has really stepped up and given us a lot of support. The donations mean a lot because it gives us the tools that we need to keep caring for our patients," said Teresa Pickens, an RN at Sparrow Clinton Emergency Services.
On Tuesday, May 19, we headed to an assisted living center in Jackson, to feed those taking care of the most vulnerable people to COVID-19. Lunch was provided by One North Kitchen and Bar in Jackson.
For Crystal Caldwell, director of operations at Ganton's Countryside Retirement Community in Jackson, just recognizing and thinking about her staff during this time made their day.
Ganton's said they are also looking for people to donate cloth masks for both residents and staff.
Your donations are supporting the efforts now. If you'd like to get involved, here is your chance to support the amazing first responders that are on the front lines working to keep us safe.
Click on this link and donate any amount. We have teamed up with PFCU Credit Unions with an account.
We will then use that money to team up with local restaurants to order meals that will be distributed to those on the frontline.
As of Monday, May 11, we have raised $10,551. We will continue to team up with local restaurants and give appreciation to different medical personnel, first responders and others that are on the frontlines every day.
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