TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa Bay man is ensuring well being care staff will not be forgotten now, virtually a 12 months in to the coronavirus pandemic, offering meals to these throughout the world whereas on his personal lunch breaks.
Patrick Rhodes is often known as Patrick “The Giver.” He started offering pizza to some well being care staff right here and there when the coronavirus pandemic started to hit Tampa Bay and its emergency rooms.
“I might see pictures and social media posts about how onerous our well being care staff had been working and simply working lengthy hours and attempting to include this pandemic. I stated to myself…’I’ve to determine some option to allow them to know that they’re thought of, that they’re cared about, that they’re in our prayers,’” he stated.
Rhodes stated he reached out to a basis coordinator with Creation Well being and received the ball rolling.
“I stated, ‘hey, you understand, I don’t have so much, however I’d wish to possibly purchase a pizza for 10 to fifteen folks at a location. And it simply went easily. She was wonderful, she coordinated the drop-offs for me,” he defined. “I couldn’t go to the precise location due to the pandemic when it first began in 2020, so I might simply use a supply service, Pizza Hut, totally different native pizza locations and simply despatched what I may.”
The hassle grew into one thing larger, because of the assist of his household and mates. It’s one thing Rhodes is now calling the “Lunch for Healthcare Heroes campaign.”
He works with the Arby’s Basis to supply meals on a weekly foundation. Subway has additionally donated reward playing cards to buy meals and Rhodes and his spouse nonetheless give from their very own pockets.
Rhodes comes from a household the place many are members of the navy and he stated service for the nation has “all the time been in his coronary heart.” He holds well being care staff in the identical excessive regard he holds service members.
“I put them in the identical discipline as defending the nation, as a result of they’re offering therapeutic, they’re offering consolation, so I put them in the identical regard. I think about them heroes,” he stated. “That’s why I all the time confer with ‘well being care heroes,’ that’s what they’re. After I noticed how exhausted they had been and devoted to their craft, I used to be like, ‘hey, what can I do to indicate appreciation?’”
Rhodes has even been acknowledged nationally. In November, “Voss Water” held an acts of kindness marketing campaign with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. For each act of kindness, each meal supply supplied, Rhodes would tag the marketing campaign on social media or ship an electronic mail.
It was sufficient for “The Rock” to give him a shout out – and to supply 200 meals to healthcare staff in Rhodes’ honor.
Rhodes stated he’s hoping to supply 2,021 meals in 2021 for well being care staff throughout the Tampa Bay space.
“That’s been taking off to this point. I’m over 100 meals and so I hope to have excellent news regarding some supporters in my native space to assist me get that going,” he stated. “So I’m enthusiastic about this complete motion in 2021 for positive.”
The principle aim is promote kindness and make the Tampa Bay space group a greater place.
“I all the time say when you’re dwelling locally, that group must be somewhat bit higher due to you, since you’re there. That’s type of my motto.”
These locally can aide in Rhodes’ efforts by going online or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He instructed 8 On Your Facet anybody seeking to assist can present reward playing cards from PostMates, GrubHub, UberEats and extra.