ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — As efforts continue to serve those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, CW69 spoke with a group delivering a special kind of delivery to hospitals. They shared why they’re urging the community to join in on this effort.
Sam Stowell said he’s been making some extra special food deliveries around Atlanta lately while volunteering for a cause called Scrubs Grub, a community-led effort to serve front line workers at local hospitals, as they work around the clock to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just seeing those people who are really working hard in the front lines smile and stuff, and just make a little bit of happiness for the day makes a huge difference,” Stowell said.
He and other volunteers are also bringing business to restaurants like Buenos Dias, one of dozens of places preparing the meals.
“They’re making a sacrifice, and so you want to provide them with something healthy and fresh and tasty,” said Kenneth Katz, the owner.
Co-organizers Kat Spivey and Katherine Drolett, who owns The Nook On Piedmont Park, set the wheels in motion.
Drolett said they’ve expanded Scrubs Grub from the Atlanta area into Stockbridge and other areas.
“We ask for donations of $10, and every $10 guarantees a meal will be delivered to a front line worker,” said Drolett. “That $10 goes directly to our partnering restaurants.”
They’re accepting donations through a GoFundMe page, where they’ve raised more than $14,000 toward their $20,000 goal.”
They said it has allowed them to make up to eight deliveries a week, dropping off hundreds of meals.
“I come from a long line of people that give back, and it’s just what you’re supposed to do, and so for me to be able to do something right now means the world,” Drolett said.
Those on the receiving end, like workers at Atlanta Medical Center said they share her sentiment.
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“We’re so excited to have these. We’re going to give them to our front line team members,” said Atlanta Medical Center Vice President Lynne Scroggins, as she received boxes of food from the delivery driver. “We are so appreciative of the contributions that our community has made. It’s great, and so heartwarming for us.”
Organizers said they’re hoping the community will continue making donations, so those much-needed contributions and deliveries can continue.
They said their next stop is Emory Midtown.
To learn more about Scrubs Grub and how you can help healthcare workers and the community, click here.
For a list of other ways to help in the Atlanta area during the pandemic, click here.