Meals for heroes.
One V Teamer and her daughters provide meals for front-line medical staff.
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For Rippi Karda, the Verizon Credo is more than words.
The Credo sets the foundation for how you are as an employee, but also how you are as a person outside of Verizon,
Rippi, Associate General Counsel on the Legal team in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Rippi instilled that same sense of purpose, desire to help others and can-do spirit in her daughters, Nikayla and Adalia.
The girls and some of their friends had been moved by the stories of all that medical staff were doing on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We thought it was really important to show our gratitude and say thank you,” said Nikayla.
The family had teenage friends in a neighboring community who started a non-profit called Meals For Heroes. Nikayla and Adalia joined them. “We realized that just because we’re children doesn’t mean we can’t make a huge difference,” said Nikayla. “We worked with our friends to start a branch in Basking Ridge.”
They raise money to purchase individually packed meals from local restaurants that are delivered to hospitals and medical centers.
“This fundraiser was a triple win because we were able to get funding from our friends and family all over North America and we were able to give back to local businesses who aren’t getting their normal customers,” said Nikayla. “Then we were able to use those meals to help front-line responders.”
The girls have received a lot of positive feedback and know they’re making a difference. “It made us feel good to get all the pictures and messages back from the nurses of them enjoying the meals,” said Adalia.
Rippi is proud of her daughters and believes small acts of kindness can go a long way: “If we can provide one meal that alleviates the anxiety or concern of ‘how am I going to make lunch’ -- even if it’s a five minute meal -- I feel that is success.”