I wanted to let you know about something that touched my heart.
I’ve known the Koutsoudakis family since I was a little girl as both our families are parishioners at Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Sadly Andreas Koutsoudakis, a Staten Islander and well known owner of Tribeca’s Kitchen, passed away on March 27th from complications due to COVID-19. Within just a few days, his son Andrew contacted me wanting to help the front-line healthcare workers who cared for his father.
Andrew raised $55,000 using GoFundMe to purchase protective equipment and supplies for the nurses and staff at local hospitals, nursing homes and group homes serving those with developmental disabilities in his father’s memory.
On Friday, which was Good Friday for the Greek Orthodox faith, Andrew and our team began delivering 10,000 face shields to over two dozen organizations across Staten Island and South Brooklyn. We will soon distribute another 8,000 N-95 masks. It’s touching to have played a small role in this fitting memorial to a beloved individual.
I want to thank the family and all those who played a part in this effort. Please keep the Koutsoudakis family and those who lost loved ones during this crisis in your thoughts and prayers.