Earlier this month, Jamaica-based Zara Realty and Astoria-based Chip NYC teamed up to donate cookies to frontline workers at two of the Queens' hardest hit hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The family-owned firm, Zara Realty, also delivered 6,000 protective faces masks to Elmhurst Hospital and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, helping to keep medical workers safe as they care for New Yorkers stricken with the virus.
To brighten their spirits, Zara teamed up with popular cookie bakery, Chip NYC, which operates four New York City locations and a food truck, to deliver 500 of the famous cookies to the two hospitals.
Tony Subraj and Amir Sobhraj, principals of Zara Realty, hopped in the Chip NYC Cookie Mobile, and their first stop was Jamaica Hospital, where they were greeted by a dozen frontline heroes.
“Queens is our home. We’ve seen COVID-19 devastate so many families and take such a terrible toll on our heroic healthcare workers, we felt it was essential to help by donating personal protective equipment to workers who have, unfortunately, often found themselves without adequate protections,” said Tony Subraj, Vice President of Zara Realty. “We will continue to do everything we can to support our fellow New Yorkers facing this crisis.”
“We handed out face masks to each of our tenants and this was a way to extend that into the healthcare community, where frontline medical professionals have been working punishing hours without enough protection,” said Amir Sobhraj, Financial Controller at Zara Realty. “We also thought it would be nice to bring a little sweetness to their day by donating hundreds of some of New York’s best cookies.”
The frontline heroes at Jamaica Hospital were thrilled to enjoy Chip Cookies. "These sweet treats are just what we need to help get us through this stressful day," said one nurse, who claims she is a fan of Chip NYC, and follows them daily on Instagram.
“The entire team at Chip NYC is extremely grateful for the hard work and sacrifice of our frontline workers,” said Teddy Gailas, Co-Founder of Chip NYC. “It is our honor to serve them cookies and we hope it brings joy to them during this difficult time.”
“A huge thank you to Zara Realty for supporting our small business and helping us bring some happiness, in cookie form, to our frontline workers. Zara’s support helps keep our small business alive and well,” added John Sanchez, Chip NYC’s Director of Marketing.
Earlier this month, Zara Realty donated face masks to every one of the apartment units it has under management in Queens. This came following Gov. Cuomo’s announcement that New Yorkers are required to wear face masks in situations where adequate social distancing is not possible.
Elmhurst and Jamaica hospitals have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak since it began.