Heroes Helping Heroes

ACTS OF KINDNESS IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS

Not all heroes wear capes! Many individuals are contributing to our communities by going above and beyond—helping and motivating those who are working on the frontline of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to protect us all. These heroes have demonstrated lots of care for the people in each community and are doing what they can to help.

JAMES E. McDONNELL IV, Entrepreneur

CARING FOR CARETAKERS
A local business gave out free pizzas at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s academic medical center located in Weston at the end of March— to lend a helping hand to the COVID-19 Tent personnel and ER team. James McDonnell IV, owner of DelVecchio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, donated 100 pizza pies during the course of a week to keep morale up by feeding the industry’s workers in appreciation of the difficult, challenging, and unprecedented times that we are in. DelVecchio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant cares about its community and if you’d like a piece of the pie yourself, please check out their Weston and Davie locations for their current promotions.
delvecchiospizza.com

ALONZO MOURNING, Miami Heat Legend

ACTS OF ALTRUISM
In late March, Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center partnered with Deliver Lean to give away breakfast and lunch meals to the residents of Overtown. The program distributed 100 packaged breakfasts and lunches. Both Alonzo Mourning and Scott Harris, the CEO of Deliver Lean, passed out meals until they ran out at Gibson Park. Alonzo not only made sure that the giveaways expanded for five days, but he also wants to do the same in other minority neighborhoods throughout Miami such as Liberty City, Opa-Locka, and other cities in need. This program is helping out individuals that have not been able to work and are in need of free meals to ease the financial burden for those families due to the outbreak.
overtownyouth.org

AMANDA PERNA, CEO of The House of Perna

PROTECTING PEOPLE
Recently, Amanda Perna, fashion designer at The House of Perna, located in Delray, chose to close down shop and switch gears from sewing couture dresses and gowns to sewing protective and fashionable masks in order to stop the spread of the virus. Her mission is to help protect as many people as possible. “I’m trying to get 100 people to agree to make ten masks a day, and then get them to commit to making a total of 100 masks,” says the designer, who has made about 50 usable masks so far. “I’ve cut a whole bunch more with a friend and my mom who lives a few houses away and is cutting more.” You may go on their website to purchase a fabulous mask and they will donate one mask to a frontline healthcare worker with each mask that is purchased. You may also donate to help them produce more masks for medical professionals, or you can buy one and donate both.
thehouseofperna.com

DUNCAN ROBINSON, Miami Heat Guard

TEAMING UP TO FIGHT HUNGER
Miami Heat shooting guard Duncan Robinson has teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts to support Feeding South Florida, a hunger-relief organization serving the Tri-county. Duncan’s goal is to give back to front line heroes battling the virus.
feedingsouthflorida.org

ANDY THOMSON, Boca Raton City Councilman

HELPING HANDS
Boca Raton City Councilman Andy Thomson has donated $25,000, a surplus from his recent reelection campaign, to a cause that gives free meals served at Mizner Park, Southern Palm Beach County’s first distribution site set up by Hospitality Helping Hands (H3), a nonprofit organization created to retain jobs and help feed those who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He plans to volunteer at the site from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and throughout the effort. Rodney Mayo, founder of Hospitality Helping Hands, has provided over 27,000 meals to displaced hospitality workers since H3 in just over a month and will continue to support the community to help the cause.
HospitalityHelpingHands.org