Kids at the India Cultural Center in Greenwich recently raised $1,900 on a GoFundMe page to provide relief supplies to area healthcare workers at Stamford and Greenwich hospitals, along with Greenwich Emergency Medical Service during the COVID-19 crisis.
— an announcement from the India Cultural Center
The “India Cultural Center Kids Love You” fund provided drinks and energy snacks for local healthcare providers at both hospitals and at the ambulance service.
As medical professionals and first responders continue to work tirelessly providing round the clock care to keep our communities safe, putting their own lives at stake, the kids of ICC knew there was more they could do themselves.
“We were thrilled when we heard from a group of ICC kids who wanted to give back to local doctors and nurses,” said Margie French, executive director of ICC. “The fund was entirely driven off of their desire to do more and is proof that kids do great things.”
In between virtual classes and homework, the kids (ranging in age from 5 to 13) carved out time from their day to set up home production lines to assemble care packages.
In addition to water and an energy snack, each bag contained a ‘love note’” — a personal, thank-you note handwritten by the ICC kids (“You are a hero. Thanks for helping the COVID-19 patients.”) to boost healthcare workers morale as well as their energy.
“We are so fortunate to have brave healthcare workers putting themselves and their families at risk to take care of those suffering from the Pandemic,” said 7th Grader Aran Basu. “This is the least we can do to support our community at this time.”
Since April 9, over 500 bags and notes have been delivered to Stamford Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, and GEMS. Another 500 are in production to be delivered this week.
India Cultural Center is a non-profit organization that celebrates the arts and culture of India. Its mission is to foster inclusion by educating and engaging the community in Indian culture. Programs are targeted towards both the Indian American diaspora and the community at large.