Paying it Forward: Robbinsdale Businesses Feed St. Therese Staff
In Robbinsdale, Ace Hardware plus Nonna Rosa’s equals meals for staff at the Saint Therese care facility in New Hope.
Mark Welna says his Ace Hardware business has weathered the COVID-19 storm.
“Everybody’s at home,” Welna said. “They’re painting their houses, they’re putting in gardens. We have been just so busy in April, May and the first week of June.”
And he wanted to give back.
“Anytime that we can reach out we try to do it,” Welna said. “Donate to causes around our community and the same with our south Minneapolis store too.”
Welna said his story gave $1,000 to Nonna Rosa’s Italian Restaurant to purchase meals for St. Therese in New Hope. Suglia and her crew spent Wednesday putting together 160 meals.
“Italians feed people to help kind of soothe,” Suglia said. “So we’re hoping that our pasta meals will soothe the staff at Saint Therese.”
Since the pandemic began, more than 50 people at the St. Therese facility have died and more than 100 have tested positive for COVID 19.
“Nobody’s been hit harder during this COVID time,” Suglia said, “than our friends and family members at Saint Therese.”