The epidemic which has reached global proportions has also created havoc locally.
So many are trying to step up to help small businesses during a difficult time, and the Wayne Hills football program is part of that effort.
“As an organization that relies heavily on our community for support of our program, we feel the overwhelming need to give back to our own and surrounding communities in their time of need,” the program commented in a recent release. “With that in mind, Wayne Hills Football Booster Club has started a collection to help support our brave, strong, heroes on the front lines at hospitals. These individuals are risking their own health and safety to take care of countless others. They are sacrificing time with their families.
“They are working with very little resources to keep them safe. They are fighting battles and encountering heartache every single day. Figuring out what to eat needs to be the LAST thing on their minds, and we want to help.”
While the medical professionals are doing a tremendous job, with little time off, local restaurants have felt the pinch, as well.
“We saw a need for those businesses, as well as the doctors, nurses and other professionals in the medical field,” said Tony Giampapa, a past president of the Booster Club, and currently, a trustee. “We can feed two birds with one apple.
Enter the Wayne Hills Football Booster Club’s “Meals for our Medical Heroes”, which will help collect monies to assist the local restaurants, while feeding the heroes on the front line of this battle.
Under the program, all monies collected will go toward providing meals to doctors, nurses and hospital personnel. Meals will be ordered by the Wayne Hills Football Booster Club, on behalf of the parents/families that have donated. The booster club will also match any donation made.
The program will be using the loyal food sponsors for this effort. The list of sponsors includes The Brownstone, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Manhattan Bagel, My Salad, Outback Steakhouse, Pizza One, Positano, Preakness Gourmet Deli, Primo Pizza, Sunrise Bagels, Bagel Buffet and Anthony Francos of Wayne.
Wayne Hills head football coach Wayne Demikoff has long appreciated the support from so many in Wayne.
“As a program, we want to do whatever we can to help those businesses that have been so great to us,” said Demikoff. “These are very difficult times. We’re proud to be there, in any way we can.”
The Booster Club further expounded on its commitment.
“The Wayne Hills Football Booster club encourages our football families to do the same and support our food sponsors,” the club noted. “They are really hurting right now. It’s our time to return the support by ordering food and gift cards and recommending them to your family and friends.”
The Meals for Medical Heroes will begin by focusing on St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson and Wayne, and Chilton Medical Center for providing the meals. If enough money is collected, other hospitals and local charities could be added.
Giampapa noted that the Medals for Medical Heroes hopes to feed 1,000 medical professionals, to start.
“A special thanks to our very generous sponsors for donations already made including Right Way Driving School and RWC Windows, Doors & More,” noted the Booster Club. “We are in conversations with many others currently interested in helping as well. We’re off to great start!”
Monetary donations can be made the following ways:
Mail/Drop a check payable to Wayne Hills Football, Inc., 4 Farm View Court Wayne, NJ, 07470.
Venmo to @marco-brunetti. Please note Covid19.
Credit Card Payments (please update the quantity to accommodate your desired donation amount): https://www.waynehillsfootball.com/store
In addition to Meals for Medical Heroes, Giampapa also reminded those, who are able, that purchasing gift cards is a good way to help local eateries.
“A lot of these restaurants could use gift card purchases,” said Giampapa. “This way, they have some much-needed cash up front, and, of course, they’ll be good for whatever the consumer wishes to purchase down the road.”