Fundraiser started for Bayonne frontline responders

Melissa Mathews launched the initiative to provide food

Bayonne EMS operates on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Bayonne EMS operates on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, most residents are following Gov. Murphy’s stay-at-home order to prevent the further spread of the virus. However, for some, that is not the case. Essential workers like EMTs, police officers, and firefighters are still on the streets, fighting on the front lines of the virus outbreak.

Front-line responders are putting their health and safety at risk to maintain essential city services amid the pandemic, and that is not going unnoticed.

Melissa Mathews, soon-to-be the new Business Administrator, has started a fundraiser to acknowledge their sacrifice and to show the community’s support for the front-line responders during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I know many people in Bayonne are like myself, and want to thank our front-line responders in the fight against COVID-19,” Mathews told the Bayonne Community News. “They are the people keeping our city safe, keeping it running, and taking care of those in need.”

As a show of gratitude, Mathews has started a GoFundMe fundraiser and has offered to coordinate with local businesses or citizens looking to help. The goal is to offer meals to the hardworking men and women in the city during this difficult time.

Food for the front lines

“Functioning, not as a city worker but as a citizen of Bayonne I want to organize us all to say thank you,” Mathews said. “From the hospital custodians and medical staff to our police, fire fighters, EMS, and city cleaning crews still picking up trash, we want to say thank you!”

Any amount is accepted and will contribute toward lunch, supplies when possible, and other things to show the front-line responders appreciation for their hard work.

Businesses interested in donating should contact Melissa Mathews to coordinate a donation by email at Mas2021@gmail.com. Residents can donate online on the fundraiser webpage.

As of April 3, the GoFundMe page had raised $2,965 of its initial goal of $3,000.

On the fundraiser page, Mathews thanked the community for its support as the first goal was met in only two days.

“We are planning a lunch for all of the Department of Public Works workers out cleaning used gloves and trash in our streets and keeping our police and fire fleets running,” Mathews wrote. “In addition, I am getting a head count from RWJBarnabas and Bayonne Medical Center to put together care packages for their staff!”

Mathews said she is hoping to have everything together by the week of April 6.

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