RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph High School Girls Lacrosse team sent a message of support to front line workers at three local hospitals, thanking them for helping in the fight against COVID-19.
The team sent out a total of 3,600 chocolate bars along with a message stating:
On behalf of the Randolph High School Girls Lacrosse Team, we offer you these chocolate bars as a gesture of our gratitude for your acts of selflessness and heroic work. Our hope is that we can bring a little sweetness to your day! We thank you for all you are doing to take care of our community, appreciate the risks you are taking, and endless sacrifices you are making.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t get to take the field this year, but donating the chocolate to the hospitals makes me feel better that we were able to make a difference outside of our own program,” said Claire Doto. “There are thousands of healthcare workers risking their lives to help diminish this pandemic. We hope our chocolate can brighten the day of local health heroes who put others above themselves every day.”
The team typically runs a spring fundraiser selling chocolate bars to members of the community to help fund team activities. Facing a lost season with all spring sports cancelled due to the virus pandemic, they turned their attention to spreading positivity. As a token of appreciation, they collectively decided to forgo the fundraising project this year and instead turn it into a donation project.
"I really miss being on the field this season, but this shows how strong of a team we are and our sense of gratitude for our community,” said Kiki Iannacconi. “I’m so proud of our team for putting this together. Even though it seems like a small act, it means a lot to us to be able to support the real heroes, our healthcare workers. They are the people on the front line fighting this for all of us. It’s the least we can do to try and put a smile on their face."
Healthcare professionals working at Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Chilton Medical Center were the lucky recipients of 1,200 bars each, to be shared among their staff.
“Though losing our lacrosse season this year was disappointing I’m glad we could still do something as a team that recognized the efforts and sacrifices of front-line health care workers here in NJ,” said Catriona Lucus.