Woman’s Brainstorm Helps Hospital, Restaurants in Fight Against Epidemic

A Huntington woman’s brainstorm brought donors and restaurants together Thursday to  deliver meals to some hardworking staffers at Huntington Hospital who are fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

Theresa Sullivan, whose family owns Olivers Haircutters, found herself with some spare time on her hands , and ended up creating a Facebook group, Huntington Hospital Meals, raising funds contributed by residents, contacting restaurants and arranging for about 200 meals to be delivered to the day shift in the ER, critical care and and intensive care units of the hospital.

The project had another beneficiary–four Huntington restaurants, so far, financially squeezed by the governor’s order earlier this week to shut down in-house dining, put their talent to work and did a little business while helping others.

The restaurants delivering Thursday were Real Food/Real People, NY Panini, Jonny D’s, and Zaro’s Cafe.

“I feel blessed to be a part of the good. I have invited the hospital staff who have reached out in thanks to the group. The messages I have received belong to all of us,” Sullivan, who has two children, one in 7th grade at Finley and one in 3rd grade at Washington primary, in the Huntington school district, said on Facebook. “Keep the focus positive and the love flowing. The message is loud and clear. Stay home. Please. For the safety of those on the front lines. Stay home. And tell others to do the same. Love and peace.”

Many of the hospital workers are pulling long hours, she said, and the meals were meant as a way to bring different meals into the hospital.

The deliveries are expected to continue Friday; donations are welcome.

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