Chelsea Rehab Facility Starts Food And Coat Drive For Community

CHELSEA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Staff at the Eastpointe Rehab and Skilled Care Facility in Chelsea started a Food and Coat drive to give back to the Chelsea community during the pandemic.

Chris Hannon is the Chief Operating Officer at the rehab facility and says it’s been a long and difficult 10 months in Chelsea. Hannon says his employees have witnessed firsthand the devastation in Chelsea because of the pandemic.

Now, it’s been 3 days since the FDA granted emergency use authorization for the use of Pfizers coronavirus vaccine. Hannon said his staff has been looking forward to this for a very long time.

He adds Chelsea is one of the most severely impacted communities in Massachusetts. Hannon says, in Chelsea, they have seen sickness and death at bedsides, paired with poverty and food insecurity in the community.

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Therefore, the rehab facility decided to start a food and coat drive. “We feel it’s the responsible thing to do, to give back to the immediate community that we’re committed to,” said Hannon.

He calls the effort truly remarkable and says his staff is a group of gifted and dedicated people.

“Seeing the impact coronavirus has had and while looking for something they can do to give back to the community that they care for and this is what came out of it, this food and clothing drive,” said Hannon.

Donations can be made at Eastpointe's Central Ave location through Friday. 

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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