Photo by Joe Boyle
Matt Herrmann (from left), owner of Culver’s in Evergreen Park, is joined by Evergreen Park Trustee James Phelan, Mayor James Sexton and Trustee Kelly Burke, who packed nearly 250 meals for the nursing staff at OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center. Culver’s donated the food and the Evergreen Park Village Board members volunteered to bring the boxes to the hospital to show their appreciation for the hard work of the nurses and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
By Joe Boyle
The novel coronavirus outbreak has hit businesses and medical facilities especially hard in the last three weeks.
However, it has not stopped the power of the human spirit and a local restaurant for doing their part to bring some smiles to the nursing staff and other members of medical personnel at OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park.
Members of the Evergreen Park Village Board and store owners Matt Herrmann and Kathy Hollis of Culver’s, 9515 S. Kedzie Ave., worked together to provide nearly 250 meals for nurses and other staff members Friday night, April 10, at OSF Little Company. Mayor James Sexton, Trustees James Phelan and Kelly Burke, and other volunteers helped to bring the food to Little Company. They were greeted by Herrmann at the restaurant and they proceeded to wheel the boxes of food out to the awaiting vehicles for their goodwill mission.
Sexton said that Herrmann had provided food for first responders and had asked if more could be done during this crisis. The mayor said that through Phelan, who knows Herrmann, it was mentioned the idea of donating food to Little Company.
“Jimmy knows Matt and it went from there,” Sexton said. “So we took Matt up on his offer. They have been really great about this. Kelly suggested the nurses at Little Company and we began working on this. It took about four or five days to put this together.”
For his part, Herrmann said he was more that willing to assist the nursing staff and doctors at Little Company who provide care for an influx of patients who have COVID-19. He said in terms of business they have been fortunate. He said that vehicles have been lined up all day to purchase food through their drive-through facility.
“We’re thankful that we are doing well,” Herrmann said. “We just want to give back during these tough times.”
Burke, who is also the state representative for the 36th District, said providing some food for the Little Company staff would help give them a lift when they could definitely use it.
“We want to go there during a shift change where staff are coming on and while others are finishing up,” said Burke. “We want to help them out.”
After the boxes were filled with food, the volunteers then drove up to the entrance along California Avenue. They were greeted by a nurse and other medical staff who were grateful to see them. The boxes were then positioned on carts and wheeled into the hospital.
“We just wanted to do this for you,” said Sexton to members of the nursing staff. “We appreciate what you are doing for us. We wish you all the best.”
Herrmann accompanied the volunteers who arrived at Little Company. He also assisted in emptying the trunks of the vehicles that lined up along the entrance and put the food on several carts.
“This is just a wonderful thing,” Sexton said. “Culver’s has been a great business for us and we are so happy they wanted to help us out. It is great that we can all pull together.”