A Prosper neighborhood recently found a way to support workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gary Price organized a fundraiser after seeing an opportunity to serve others by providing meals to fellow residents of the Village at Prosper Trail subdivision who work in the medical field.
Other residents chipped in $5 each and were able to collectively pull together $400 to go toward the purchase of the meals.
Price said that out of the 167 houses within the community, about half participated.
He reached out to the community via social media and requested help raising money to put together the dinner.
He also asked for recommendations from community members about who worked in the medical field and would benefit from receiving a meal.
The community has previously held fundraisers and events to show their support for first responders. Similar events included a block party where children got to meet firefighters and police officers.
Price stated that such events are important to him because of how little recognition first responders receive on a regular basis.
“Medical workers, police officers and other first responders are rarely thought of until they are needed, and they deserve all the recognition in the world,” he said.
The community was able to provide meals to eight households whose members work in some capacity in the medical field, including nurses, pharmacists, doctors and others.
Tiffany Bodetti, a registered nurse who has worked in an emergency department for over 13 years, said that it’s not often nurses and doctors are thanked for doing their jobs.
She and her family recently moved to the community. She said they were not surprised by their neighbors’ generosity.
“This is a community filled with the greatest neighbors who are known for numerous acts of kindness,” said Bodetti. “This community thanked my family in an amazing way and that act of kindness was exactly what my mental health needed in that moment.”
The fundraiser also helped another resident who owns Platia Greek Kozina, a Greek restaurant in Frisco.
Many area restaurants are taking a financial hit since shelter-in-place orders and social-distancing restrictions have forced them to close their dining rooms and switch solely to carryout and delivery orders.
The money raised by the residents went to the restaurant in return for the meals provided.
“A meal that I didn’t have to come home and cook after a 13-hour shift,” Bodetti said, “a meal that was so plentiful we were able to eat it for a few days - that meant the world to us.”