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Queens thanks healthcare workers, first responders

Posted at 10:41 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 22:41:16-04

JAMAICA, Queens — Queens residents clapped for their healthcare workers at Jamaica Hospital Friday.

About 200 individually wrapped meals, with beverages were delivered to nurses and medical staff at Jamaica Hospital, thanks to the Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Club and the Queens community, together they donated more than $1,800 in just over 24 hours to make it all possible.

“This all came together because of you Jennifer, you reached out to the lions club,” said Romeo Hitlall, president of the Richmond-Hill South Ozone Park Lions Club.

PIX11 News reached out to the organization after several nurses at the hospital reached out to her with stories of struggle, and helped organize the donation.

The food was prepared by staff at Sofia Pizza on Linden Boulevard in South Ozone Park.

”No words could to explain what these nurses are doing, we feel so happy we could do just a little bit to comfort them by giving them some lunch,” said Hitlall.

And the kindness in Queens didn’t stop there, boxes of fruit and vegetables were delivered to police officers...free and fresh from Gitto Farmers Market in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

“They’re risking their lives day in and day out I could give them some fruit,” said owner Bihari Lall.

Richard David, who’s a candidate for the NY State Assembly hung up his political gloves and helped with the distribution at the 106 Precinct in Ozone Park.

“We want to make sure that our first responders are taken care of,” he said.

And at Jamaica Hospital Friday night, New York’s Bravest stood on their fire trucks, and along the service road of the Van Wyck Expressway and clapped for some of the bravest in the fight against COVID-19, the healthcare workers.

“We’re going to get through this, we’re the world’s most diverse borough, New York is gonna make and Queens is gonna make it.”