PATERSON, NJ - For Paterson’s Julia Gonzalez, donating 50 pizzas to the ICU unit at St. Joseph’s Health earlier this month just didn’t go far enough in showing her gratitude to the men and women working on the frontline to keep their city healthy. So, on Saturday, again with the help of Al Pomodoro Pizzeria on First Ave, she is repeating the generosity, this time to the Emergency Room.
Saying that seeing so many other great stories about generosity towards first responders and medical professionals made her think “why not do that for the hospital that serves my city?”, Gonzalez enlisted the support of her husband Luis, and the owner of one of Paterson’s famed eateries, neither of whom, she added, hesitated in offering their support.
“These frontline workers are risking their lives, and they are doing it with such commitment,” Gonzalez said. “Their work brings joy to my heart.”
To be sure, this isn’t the first time Gonzalez has helped her community. A homeowner thanks to her participation with Habitat for Humanity, the lifelong Paterson resident recently paired with 4th Ward Councilwoman Ruby Cotton to donate 60 gallons of hand sanitizer, donated by her employer Ashland, across the city.
As for what Gonzalez believes the future holds for Paterson, she shared her hope that “things will get better,” something that will only happen if “everyone helps each other.”
Heeding the call of Mayor Andre Sayegh and public health officials, Gonzalez, when asked if she had a final message for her neighbors, said, “keep your distance, stay inside, do what you should, be Paterson tough.”
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