North Fork rotary club members came together to donate hundreds of flowers to the entire staff of Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital May 8.
Riverhead Rotary Club member Mary Hughes, a Peconic Landing employee, initially reached out to the hospital regarding the donation, and coordinated with the rotary clubs of Greenport, Southold, and her own to recruit volunteers to distribute the plants.
Multiple Rotarians from each club donated their time to distribute truckloads of orchids, hydrangeas, and other blooms to hospital staff from Eastern Long Island Hospital’s employee parking lot. The volunteers braved drizzly weather conditions from 7 AM to 7 PM, and brought not only the flowers, but a great deal of joy, the hospital said in a statement.
“Our local Rotarians have always been a great source of support for our hospital,” Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Paul Connor said. “We thank Riverhead, Greenport, and Southold rotary clubs for generously donating these plants, their time, and many smiles to our heroes.”
“The Rotarians appreciate the health care workers so much,” Hughes said. “It was such a satisfying event — to see them smile and being thought of.”
For more information about how to aid Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital and the Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation in the fight against COVID-19, call 631-477-5164 or email [email protected]