Local businesses team up to donate lunches to healthcare workers


HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Comfort Keepers, a home care support agency, and Pizza Pie-O-Near from Drums are teaming up to donate lunches to 60 healthcare workers at Lehigh Valley Hazleton.

It was a day to say thank you and show appreciation to those on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 .

Just before noon Thursday, employees of Comfort Keepers arrived at Lehigh Valley Hazleton. They delivered food, including pizza, for the staff at the hospital.

Kim Nole, the Patient Coverage Manager from Comfort Keepers, told Eyewitness News,
“we decided we wanted to do something to thank the hospitals in our community for all they are going through with this. We’re on the healthcare front and we see that. We do our best to try and keep people out of the hospital. We wanted to work with them. and thank them from one provider to another.”

Comfort Keepers provides in-home services to people who face health challenges.

Louis Duncan-, an employee from Comfort Keepers says, “ we wanted to do something good for the community, something good for the people who are in the front lines as essential workers.

Jodi Shigo, the Director of ICU & Telemetry in Lehigh Valley Hazleton responded by saying, “I’ll tell you this means the world to us.”

Lehigh Valley Hazleton is treating people in a COVID-19 hot zone.

“We are working very hard. we want to take care of our community. To have the community representatives come and bring us food we just don’t have the words. We are so grateful to Comfort Keepers and all the other companies that brought food and reached out. We can’t say enough,” says Shigo.

Hospital administrators say the Hazleton community has gone above and beyond to support those who are in the trenches of the COVID-19 battle.

Lisa Marie Halecky, LVHN Media Relations, says, “I volunteered to oversee the donation of food coming in, not knowing how overwhelming the support from the community was going to be.”

Other staff members tell me they want the community to know how uplifting this act of support really is for them. They say it helps get them through some very challenging and often dark times.

Crew folks at Pizza Pie-O-Near in Drums donated some of the food that was delivered to the hospital today.

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