ALTOONA, Pa. -- In cities across the globe, groups and individuals are coming together to support the doctors and nurses who are facing COVID-19 head-on.
That compassionate spirit is within Angela Buccellato. The Michigan native attended Penn State Altoona from 2012-14, then graduated from University Park with a degree in business focused on industrial/organizational psychology.
Now living in the metro Detroit area, she is the owner of The Resume Rescue, a career services company helping job seekers of all levels with their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, interview preparation, networking, and career coaching.
Over the last month, Buccellato has watched the area get pummeled by the coronavirus. To date, the city of Detroit has more than 8,300 reported cases of the virus and 799 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Desperate to help, Buccellato considered what she could do and how to get the community behind her. She decided that keeping healthcare workers fed was one way to offer immediate assistance. Reaching out through social media, she began gathering donations to order and deliver food to hospital staff caring round the clock for patients with COVID-19.
“I've always had such high respect for healthcare workers. Two of my closest friends, one of whom I met at Penn State Altoona when we were orientation leaders, are nurses, and they continue to amaze me," Buccellato said. "Neither one is afraid of this, they’ve just jumped right into the fight.”
So far, Buccellato has raised $4,480 and fed 1,250 health care staff across five shifts at four hospitals. She is currently raising money to get meals to 300 employees at Beaumont Hospital in Troy. Her goal is to supply each of the hospitals in the metro area with a meal for at least one day, then start the rotation again.