Grassroots networks have sprung up in towns across New Jersey as elsewhere in the U.S., mobilizing to support frontline health care workers in any way they can amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In northern Bergen County, the newly formed Ramsey Strong, Supporting True Heroes Group has raised more than $51,000 to pay for meals for health care workers at local hospitals — with the aim of also helping local eateries to remain open. The volunteer group has distributed nearly 5,000 meals to staff at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Hackensack Meridian University Medical Center, Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus and others.
Food drops by Ramsey Strong and other local volunteer networks take place quickly in the hospital parking lots so that meals are ready for staff members when they come off shift.
Last weekend, as well as continuing their meal delivery, Ramsey Strong volunteers tried to brighten health care workers’ day with Easter treats.
Thomas E. Franklin is Assistant Professor in Multiplatform Journalism at Montclair State University. With 30 years' experience in the newspaper business, he is perhaps best known for his iconic flag-raising photograph taken at Ground Zero on 9/11.