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Whitestone residents fundraise for healthcare workers
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Whitestone residents are working
together to support healthcare providers
on the frontlines during the coronavirus
A GoFundMe campaign initiated by
Karra Puccia aims to raise funds for meals
and hospital supplies for healthcare workers
Courtesy of Karra Puccia
Medical staff at Plainview Hospital receive a dinner delivery from Karra Puccia, who began a
GoFundMe campaign to help healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo courtesy of Puccia
FDNY and EMT workers at Fort Totten
Puccia is joined by Laura Copersino
of Th e Daniel Copersino Foundation,
Alfredo Centola of We Love Whitestone
Civic Association, Jessica Baeza and
Karishma Rahman Azmat.
Th eir goal is to raise a total of $10,000. To
date, they have collectively raised $8,000
from generous donors. Th ey are working
with local restaurants to help support
them during the pandemic, and coordinating
logistics of deliveries to medical
staff throughout Queens, Manhattan and
Some of the local restaurants that have
stepped up to provide quality meals at
a discounted price include Bagel Parlor,
Frankys Gyro, Liola, Concettina, Villagio,
Nana’s Good Eats, Th e Clinton and more.
For Puccia, it’s been an “amazing experience”
watching the fundraising grow,
she said. She began the fundraising eff ort
with her brother, Kraig Puccia, on March
“To see it balloon into a community
eff ort has been really nice,” Puccia said.
“We are stronger together.”
Puccia has been making some of the
deliveries to NewYork-Presbyterian
Queens Hospital and Fort Totten, which
is serving as the headquarters for ambulances
and EMTs that have come to help
from around the country.
“Th e FDNY is overburdened and to
see those EMTs come in on ambulances
with license plates from all over the country
— Colorado, Arkansas, Tennessee and
Minnesota — left me so grateful for their
service to our suff ering city. I thought
those brave men and women are New
Yorkers today,” Puccia said.
For Azmat, it’s been a privilege coordinating
with a group of kind, proactive and
passionate citizen-leaders to help serve
their frontline heroes, she said.
“My family has been focusing our
eff orts for meal-drops for the Elmhurst
Hospital ER staff particularly, and have
been proud to support eff orts across the
Queens Hospital system,” Azmat said.
“Th e world seems dark sometimes, we’re
all working to light candles together.”
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