Greek-Americans and FLAG Donate Free Easter Meal to Healthcare Workers in NJ

The National Herald Archive

Left to right: Jason Stavrianidis, Dora (Stavrianidis) Fountoukidis, and Dr. Peter Stavrianidis. Photo: TNH File/ Michalis Kakias

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey-based, Greek-American-owned Venus Jewelers has taken the initiative to offer a free Easter meal to 150 doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus at Saint Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The director of the jewelry store, Dr. Peter Stavrianidis, told The National Herald, “We must, in the unprecedented situation that humanity is experiencing, all together, send a message of hope, solidarity, and recognition.”

“Under the auspices of FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) in Somerset, we raised a respectable amount of money and bought food from local restaurants, turkeys, potatoes, pastries and more, which will be sent to the hospital in this simple expression of our gratitude for the enormous battle that doctors and nursing staff are waging against the pandemic, endangering their own lives.

“At the same time, with the purchase of food, we gave an economic boost to our local restaurants. As the owner of the Venus jewelry store, I am well aware of the difficulties faced by local businesses, owners, and employees.

“We have a duty and a duty to help our local community as much as we can.

“A big thank you to all those who contributed to this effort, George Parais, George Exarchakis, Maria Emmanouilidis, Spyros Moskonas, Dionysis Bourodimos, Dimitris Apostolakis, Harilaos Triantafyllides, Panagiota Kalimanis, Dimitris Manioudakis, Nikolaos Theodosiou, Kirk Likakis, Jose Sibaja, Fr. James De Fillipps, Salvatore Scire, Thomas Abode, Danielle Russo, Marisa Gallagher, Lorraine Farr, Ryan Lenczewski, and Robert G., Lorraine Farr, Joyce Miller, Tatiana Bacchione, Cheryl Palent, and Joan Simon.”