The Live Well Foundation of South Lake delivered hundreds of gift cards to healthcare workers and first responders throughout south Lake County Monday.
Over $25,000 worth of gift cards were purchased by the foundation and delivered to workers in thanks for their continued service in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We hope these people in vital will enjoy a free hot meal as a thank you from the Live Well Foundation,” foundation chairman Kasey C. Kesselring said. “We wanted to do something positive in the community amidst the challenging times we are currently navigating. This impact was two-fold, serving as a thank you to the healthcare, police, fire, and EMT staff who are working diligently to ensure the health and well-being of our community, and supporting our business community by buying local. We hope this gesture expresses our community’s appreciation, and can brighten someone’s day.”
The cards were delivered to various healthcare locations, police and fire stations in Clermont, Four Corners, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde by the foundation’s executive director, Donna Kirtland, and distributed to staff from there.
The Live Well Foundation is a grant-making organization, formed in September 2018, to help fund health and wellness services in the south Lake community.
The gift cards were purchased from 23 local businesses, each a member of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce.
They included: Beef O’Brady’s, Bob Evans, Calabria’s Ristorante, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Cheeser’s Palace Café, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Crooked Spoon, Flippers Pizzeria, Guru Restaurant, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Keke’s Breakfast Café, Lake Minneola Inn & Tiki Bar, Lil Anthony’s Pizza, Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill, Original Goombas Pizzeria, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q and Uncle Kenny’s BBQ.
This article was originally published in the Daily Commercial.