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Area Burger King restaurants donate meals to night shift staff at local hospitals

Posted at 3:33 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 18:12:29-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For months, health care workers across the nation have been working to save lives while under direct threat of catching coronavirus. Many efforts have been made to show support for those workers, but some in Grand Rapids were left out.

On Tuesday, area Burger King restaurants brought meals to evening and overnight workers at Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids. The restaurants previously donated meals to area hospitals in January, but realized that food only made it to workers on the day shift.

"We had an opportunity here to help the healthcare workers,” said James MacDonald, Vice President of Operations at Burger King. “We wanted to take an opportunity today to make sure we got the night shift. We're really excited to be able to do something here to give back to all these healthcare heroes."

So at 8 p.m. Burger King employees dropped off 95 Whopper meals to Blodgett. They plan to donate 300 meals this week, with the others going to Spectrum Butterworth and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Wednesday and Thursday night.

"Staff is super grateful for donations like this because, as you can imagine, it's been a very tough several months,” said Nicole Cook, Senior Foundation Specialist with Spectrum Health Foundation. “They've been working around the clock and really have had to have a lot of endurance through all of this. So any little boost of unexpected treats are greatly appreciated.”

“Our community has been so gracious to our staff and we're so grateful for that and can't express the gratitude and what it means to our staff. So thank you to everyone who has donated and will continue to donate."