I want to personally thank each of these amazing volunteers and medical professionals, plus the businesses who have contributed to the gratitude gift packages, we could not do this without you.
- Maria Stolo-Bennetti
Links to Contributing Businesses
Ambiance SLO - SparklBands - Linn’s Fruit Bin - Mistura Restaurant - Stepladder Creamery - Glassed Over Candles
Gratitude Package Recipients
Amie is crowdfunding money to house people experiencing homelessness during this crisis.
Her campaign #HotelVouchers4All has already raised over $20,000 to purchase hotel rooms for unhoused people in San Diego so that they can safely shelter in place. You can donate to her gofundme here.
Jared and Kaylie are both nurses working on the frontlines of this battle. As they adapt to ever-changing conditions at work, their passion for caring for others has only grown.
Their daughter Emersyn just turned 7 months old and they look forward to coming home to her smiling face every day.
Emily has been setting up COVID-19 Response Sanitation programs at a wide variety of essential businesses and Senior living centers in the Sonoma County area.
She and her fiance, co-owners of Haws Janitorial, quickly adapted their business to help their neighbors stay clean, healthy, and employed. See their website here.
Annie started her career in healthcare as a dialysis technician. Her keen ability to comfort and advocate for patients has led her to become a licensed nurse. She is currently a nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego where her unit is caring directly for COVID patients.
Ani & Max - Recovering for COVID-19
Ani & Max are frontline healthcare workers in Boston whose hard work led to them contracting the virus.
Ani, a nurse practitioner, and Max, an orthopedic surgery fellow, have both recovered and look forward to donating plasma that will help treat others!
Jessi is a Registered Nurse at French Hospital in SLO who recently headed to New York to join the fight at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
Her new normal is getting on a bus at 6:00 AM and heading to the hospital alongside the other 1200 nurses who have been deployed to NYC. Jessi and her colleagues work non-stop until 7:30 PM when the bus departs back to the hotel, just in time to decontaminate and get a good night’s rest before doing it all over again the next day.
Alli - Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Alli works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the rehab department for the occupational therapy team.
Her new normal is getting masked, temperature checked, and screened before she walks through the doors. Protocols and shifts change by the hour but she says there’s a silver lining: “every laugh and smile you get from a treatment session with these kids. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around them, these kids will always find a way, even with everything they’re fighting through, to play, laugh, and help us remember why we chose this career path in the first place!”
Rachel began her career in nursing 15 years ago, and is currently an ER nurse at Marian Regional Medical Center. She says, “I absolutely love my job, but if there is one thing I love more than my job, it's my beautiful family. I have an extremely supportive husband, a 6 year old son and 4 year old twin girls who are my whole world. This is a scary and uncertain time, but we will get through it together!”
Krystal - Making Patients Feel Comfortable
Krystal is an ER nurse in Ventura County. She says, “I’ve been a nurse for almost 4 years and there’s not another job I have ever dreamed of. I love caring for my community and making patients feel comfortable through some of the scariest days of their lives.”
She is currently 5 months pregnant with her first baby - a little girl due this September!