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New Mexicans may disagree on a great many things – from politics to sports to green versus red – but one thing they’ve shown during this COVID-19 virus crisis is that they are abundantly generous in showing appreciation for our front-line workers.
Area police and fire departments, hospitals and ambulance services have all seen an outpouring of gifts from private citizens, businesses, organizations and churches, expressing their thanks with donations of personal protection equipment, bouquets of flowers, handwritten notes and copious amounts of food.
Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland provided meals from Monroe’s restaurant to workers at Lovelace Women’s Hospital; Mario’s Pizza and Ristorante delivered 100 hot pizzas to the staff at University of New Mexico Hospital; and Dunkin’ Donuts served doughnuts and coffee to Presbyterian Hospital employees to “express gratitude, support and encouragement to health-care workers in the community,” said local franchise owner Alim Haji.
“We are so appreciative of the many individuals and companies that have provided delicious meals and snacks, handwritten cards, critical supplies like gloves and masks, financial gifts and so much more,” said Carolyn Green, chief nursing officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services.