Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is one of the latest businesses in the Border City to express their gratitude for local health care workers on the front lines.
On Wednesday, the fast-food restaurant prepared and delivered 151 meals to Lloydminster Hospital to show their appreciation.
Dowsan Antonio, Manager of Administration at Lloydminster Hospital, said he is flattered by the generosity of the donations from Popeyes and other businesses in the community.
“It’s heartwarming they’re appreciated for all of their hard work on the front lines, especially since the beginning of this pandemic,” said Antonio.
“We are so happy that the work from our people on the front lines is being appreciated by local businesses as well. It’s really heartwarming.”
Antonio mentioned other businesses in the community made donations of their own to the hospital in the form of more food, PPE, discounts to local businesses and free oil changes.
The donation from the Popeye’s restaurant comes from their community outreach program which works to help out those in need in the area.
Jen Avelino, General Manager at Popeye’s, said it was an easy decision to give back to the essential members of the community.
“During this tough time, we decided to give back to them. It’s really not much, it’s just a way to say thank you to our front line heroes,” said Avelino.
“We couldn’t enter the hospital, so we put a message in the box, so they know that we appreciate what they are doing.”
Avelino claimed the restaurant staff showed up to work three hours before their shift to prepare the meals while setting up the restaurant to open for the day.
The total cost of the 151 meal donation sits around $1,400.