CORAL SPRINGS, FL - As Scott Brook and Shirly Kauffman see it, there should be a continuous flow of quality meals delivered to first-responders in Coral Springs as a way to thank them for their service through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On Sunday, Brook, the mayor of Coral Springs, and Kauffman, owner of Kauffman Insurance Group in the city, set up a GoFundMe page to raise $40,000 to deliver meals to police officers, firefighters and paramedics, medical staffs at hospitals and other facilities, and other front-line workers.
As part of the FEEDING CORAL SPRINGS HEROES campaign, the money will be spent on local restaurants to prepare the food and help them stay in business through the declines in the local economy.
In addition, Brook and Kauffman said some funds will go to purchasing food and other supplies for families in need.
Kauffman wrote on the GoFundMe page: “My goal is to raise as much money to deliver fresh, healthy meals to these amazing hardworking individuals so they can be strong for all who need them. We are also trying to help our local Coral Springs area restaurants who are struggling as their dining rooms are closed.”
She personally spent $700 on Sunday to deliver catered Italian food to 200 workers at Broward Health Coral Springs. Read her story here.
Kauffman said Monday that the campaign will be transparent. She said she and Brook, who will serve as a private citizen in supporting the effort, will make decisions on where to deliver the food and which restaurants will participate. Every dollar collected, she said, will be spent on preparing and delivering meals to the first-responders or going to buy food and supplies for underprivileged families.
She said she’ll look for restaurants that offer discounts for preparing the food.
“I’ll post every receipt on the GoFundMe page or on social media so everyone can see how the money is spent,” she said.
As of Monday morning, the campaign raised $205 from 10 donors.
The fundraiser is modeled after a similar initiative in Aventura, Fla. called FEEDING AVENTURA'S HEROES, which has collected $33,918 with a goal of raising $40,000, Kauffman said.
“For us, it’s a good start,” she said. “We’re now going to start reaching out to businesses to support this. We’re going to get the word out to a lot of people.”
To visit the FEEDING CORAL SPRINGS HEROES page on GoFundMe, click here.