Long Island, NY: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Long Island centre of Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care USA (SRLC-USA), a global non-profit organization, providing 360-degree relief and operating through 24 centres across USA has been organizing motorcades to appreciate the frontline workers at hospitals, nursing homes, local police department and local fire departments, for tirelessly and selflessly working round the clock.
The first such motorcade was organised on the May 3rd where they first honored the brave individuals of the Huntington Fire Department, and then, with a full police car escort, they expressed gratitude to the heroic healthcare workers of the Huntington Hospital. More recently on May 9th, yet another motorcade was carried out to thank the fire fighters as well as the Carillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the largest nursing home in Huntington. Andrew Raia, Huntington Town Clerk and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson of the Huntington Town Board also joined the motorcade in appreciation of these frontline heroes. The sound of police sirens and display of flashing lights was the perfect match to the high enthusiasm and energy of the SRLC volunteers. As an active supporter of this event, Councilman Cutherbertson said to those in need, “We recognize the sacrifices being made by the front-line workers and working with organizations like this, we are proud to show our support of these extraordinary efforts.”
To the dozens of hospital staff that had come out to witness the motorcade, SRLC volunteers expressed their gratitude in a multitude of ways. A colourful vibrant atmosphere was created by distributing heartfelt ‘thank you’ cards made by the children, donating food items, and displaying high energies with cheering and music to create a spirit of positivity in the community. They had one goal – to highlight the extraordinary and honor the efforts of frontline workers.
Sharing his experience, SRLC Trustee, Mitesh Lakhani said, “Each time we visit them, the medical staff, officers, they reciprocate their feelings with wide smiles, tears of appreciation, chants of “thank you” and laughter. We are so glad to get an opportunity to extend our gratitude and we realize that despite social distancing, the hearts of the heroic health care workers and SRLC volunteers were fully connected.”
The Long Island Chapter of SRLC has also taken up numerous other initiatives to support the frontline responders including distribution of meals and snacks and also providing over 2,000 KN95 and N95 respirator masks to those in need.
Additionally, due to the shortage of food in the local shelters, SRLC donated 53,000 pounds of food directly to those in need.
For more information: http://www.srloveandcare-usa.