Cramer & Anderson is thanking New Milford Community Ambulance first responders for their heroic efforts on the front line of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic with lunches from Jo Jo’s Deli & Catering.
The firm donated $500 to Jo Jo’s, which will cover lunches over a few weeks. The first platter of delicious sandwiches arrived April 29.
“Jo Jo’s is a popular local deli in New Milford and a lot of first responders go there on a regular basis, so it was a natural fit,” said Partner Ken Taylor. “Ronny Pelletier, the owner of Jo Jo’s, had delivered some meals to the New Milford ER and other first responders when the crisis began, and when we called to see if we could partner with them to help the Ambulance responders, they jumped at the opportunity.”
“While we are helping our clients with their legal needs every day during this nationwide crisis, we recognize that our local first responders are putting their health and safety on the line for everyone in New Milford every day,” Attorney Taylor added. “If we all support one another, we will get through this crisis stronger.”
Ronny Pelletier explained that Jo Jo’s delivered approximately 25 dinners to New Milford Hospital ER personnel on a Friday night as a way of giving back when the pandemic intensified.
The deli is working with the local nonprofit Helping Hands for Heroes, which raises funds to provide meals to frontline workers at locations like physician’s offices, nursing homes, and the police department. Donations can be made online, or via a donation jar on the counter at Jo Jo’s. A donation of $10 provides a sandwich, chips and a drink.
“All of our customers have been really, really good. It’s very neat to see the community come together and support the people in the trenches,” Pelletier said, estimating the deli has prepared and delivered 35 to 40 meals with the donations. Jo Jo’s is now also assembling gift baskets including items like Gatorade and energy bars for the donation drive to support frontline workers.
Cramer & Anderson’s sandwich delivery to New Milford Community Ambulance marked the second time in two days the firm provided meals for health care workers as a morale booster and gesture of appreciation and gratitude.
On April 27, Cramer & Anderson sent dinners from Mothership Bakery & Cafe to the EMTs and Paramedics in the Emergency Medical Services department at Danbury Hospital.
The coronavirus response donations to date benefit organizations the firm has longstanding relationships with, and has supported in meaningful ways.
In March 2016, the nonprofit ambulance group gave Partner Randy DiBella its highest honor, the Andy Armstrong Award, named after a corps founder who logged 65-plus years of service. Attorney DiBella, who serves as New Milford’s Town Attorney, has provided considerable legal work for the ambulance corps, much of it on a pro bono basis.
Attorney Josh Weinshank, Resident Partner in the Ridgefield office and the firm’s Fairfield County Trust and Estate Planning and Administration Group Leader, is Chair of the Legacy Society for Danbury and New Milford hospitals. He also serves on the Patient Advisory Council and the Foundation Associate Board of Directors for Danbury and New Milford hospitals.
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