Letter to the Editor: Thank you to #Crush Corona donors

A little over six weeks ago, Kathleen Schell and Justin Healy reached out to me with an idea. They presented a plan that would help support Beebe and local restaurants during this pandemic while at the same time give everyone a chance to make a difference. A few days later, many of the local restaurant owners gathered six feet apart on the back patio at the Beebe Medical Foundation and met with Dr. David Tam and me. We shared ideas, strategies and plans to “Crush Corona.” Our goal was clear: to give every Beebe Team Member a $25 gift card to a local restaurant, a way for them to get a meal given by donors. The goal was 3,000 individual cards.

In three weeks, we met that goal through generosity from local restaurants, businesses, residents, part-time residents, and countless organizations. Beebe Medical Foundation felt it was important to “pay it forward.” We decided to share a gift card with Sussex County first responders (fire, police, EMS, etc.). In two weeks, we met that goal. Before we ended the Crush Corona Challenge, we also gave a gift card to all those working in our Skilled Nursing Facilities and the teams at our local Boys and Girls Clubs.

Now, 4,700 cards later, we have shared the support of the community with so many while injecting over $117,500 in purchases to local restaurants! A special thank you to Amy Popovich, event coordinator at the Beebe Medical Foundation, for overseeing the collection and distribution of this inspirational program.

We might have not yet crushed the coronavirus permanently, but we sure did spread a lot of love and joy in a good contagious way to the community! Thank you to all who donated and made this grassroots challenge such a tremendous success!

Thomas J. Protack
Beebe Medical Foundation

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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