Second Meal Delivery to our Healthcare Heroes on the Front Line

30 Mar 2020

Hello Friends and Fam,\ \ Here is my first of hopefully MANY updates … WOW! I had sent out a snap chat followed with an email and I personally just wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU! The response I received was overwhelming and I am grateful.\ \ We made a meal drop off earlier today to my sister Elizabeth and her team in the Emergency Room at Temple University Hospital. Here was the play-by-play of that drop off. I paid for the meals in advance with your contributions. Ryan from RyBread Cafe came out and placed the box of meals in my trunk and I then drove to Temple Univ. Hospital. I have one of those nifty buttons that open and closes my trunk from my key chain. I always thought the button was a bit much, but seams to have been designed for COVID19 hands-free food deliveries. I pulled in behind the ambulances, backed in next to 2 cold storage tractor trailers and a few white tents, hit the button to open the trunk and Liz and a couple other nurses came out and grabbed them. I took a quick picture of her, gave her a giant air bear-hug and away she went back to work.\ \ Today was Day 5 of Elizabeth working 12+ hour shifts in a row so she was pretty beat (physically/emotionally) but she was still in the zone. I am still able to crack a smile and a laugh out of her even though she may try to hide it. They converted all open spaces at Temple and the adjacent Shriners Hospital for Children into a treatment area for COVID19… the lobby is now a makeshift Intensive Care Unit! Temple University Liacouras Center basketball court transformed into a overflow surge facility for COVID19 patients with over two hundred beds. Nurses at Temple Univ. Hospital have to sign out their N95 protective masks; these are typically changed regularly but now are worn for entire 12 hour shifts. You can imagine how gross and sweaty that mask is after a 12 hour shift of running around an Emergency Room, performing CPR, and assisting patients, but that is what she is assigned; One Mask. This is just one hospital. NY is facing these same issues but on a much higher rate. Philadelphia continues to watch NY. Temple is preparing to possibly bifurcate vents so that one ventilator could work for two patients.\ \ I have received contributions ranging from $5 to $200 and it is pretty awesome as they come in. We have contributions from close family, friends, friends of friends, business partners, old teachers, heck I received contributions from California from a friend we met in Peru. Every one of your contributions is appreciated and you know who you are. I will share that I teared up a bit when Nicole’s little sister (20-year-old Mia) donated $20. I can’t speak for any of you but college John Holahan was more than likely donating $20 to the makers of Keystone and Natty Light. Mia, you are sweet and awesome!\ \ Just so you know, my goal is to provide QUALITY food for these guys and gals working at the hospitals for a 12-18 hour shift as well as support local businesses. You know the story… restaurants are closed, we have to stay at home, nurses and doctors are working around the clock. The idea, with your support, is to buy quality food, giving these amazing health care workers on the front lines some proper fuel - a healthy fresh salad/sandwich from local restaurants. This helps the local businesses keep their employees and the nurses spirits/energy up while they work.\ \ If you folks are anything like me and you have a great meal, you say to everyone something along the lines of “that was delicious, thank you, compliments to the chef, etc.” That is the goal. Nurses, keep your spirits up, we appreciate you, keep going. As a guy on the jolly side of 200 pounds, my next meal is something I am always looking forward to. I am hoping all of OUR meals are offering that similar pick-me-up to the nurses grinding out these long and stressful shifts.\ \ I just think that now more than ever they need a smile and a quality, proper meal. It is the least we can do…\ \ In this battle the troops are healthcare workers. This is just one way we can support our troops. That and social distancing of course!\ \ Thank you for the discounts on the meals Ryan from RyBread Café. If you have not been to any of Ryan’s locations you are missing out.\ RyBread on 17th and Fairmount Ave. www.rybreadcafe.com @rybread_cafe\ He also has RyBrew up on Girard Ave in Brewerytown.\ \ All the best to you and yours,\ John Holahan\ Venmo: @John-Holahan\ 267-614-6793\ \ (For those of you without the app Venmo you should download it, it’s awesome. For those who want to contribute but are just tired of all these technological breakthroughs, hashtags, Apps, TikTok dances, Alexa listening to your conversations, millennials, and prefer to hand write a check; we are accepting paper checks as well! my address is below).\ John Holahan\ 742 N. 19thStreet Unit 5\ Philadelphia PA 19130\ \ \ PS. I appreciate all of the social media shares and contributions, please include the restaurants if you post anything as they are facing trying times as well and appreciate some love. From the latest reports this could go on for a bit longer so I will continue to share updates and drop off lunches/dinners as long as we can. I don’t have any social media with the exception of SnapChat so I will depend on your expertise to get the word out on what we’re doing. Thank you and keep it up!\ \ PPS. Stay Positive and Stay Home:\ \ It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.\ ∼ Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship In A Republic”