We’re looking to give back to local heroes. Tough times bring out the best in people, and GoProvidence, Coast 93.3 and Rhode Island Monthly want to salute all the Rhode Islanders who are making a difference during this pandemic.
We want to know “Who’s Your Hero RI?” Tell us about a grocery worker, nurse, helpful neighbor — anyone who is helping you and all of us to get through this tough time. Comment on our post on Facebook with the name of your hero and what they're doing to help during this time.
Each week, one hero will be picked at random to receive a family four-pack of tickets for either general admission or the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo and a one-year subscription to RI Monthly. We'll post winners below, and also look for the winner to be announced weekly in RI Monthly’s “The 401” e-blast and all the heroes to be named in the magazine’s blog.
We all love promoting what’s best about Providence, Warwick and all of Rhode Island — our incredible people.
Thank you to all of our local heroes. The submissions that we've received have been heart warming and uplifting. Keep sending nominations into our Facebook page. We'll be picking a winner each Friday.
Daniella from Pot au Feu
Daniella was nominated by Bob Burke:
"I have a Hero - she is 19 years old. Today she helped put out 50 - four course dinners for frontline caregivers - then another 60 curbside dinners. And now she is washing dishes. When she isn’t doing that she studies at JWU. Daniella is our Garde Manger. She is a warrior. She works alone masked and gloved in her station. There is only one good thing about that - she gets to blast her own playlist instead of the Chefs. She is the future of the hospitality industry. She will tells these stories 50 years from now. I will be long gone but when I leave I will know I fought shoulder to shoulder with the best. You have no idea where heroes are to be found - but I do - I work with them everyday. Here’s to Daniella - my hero!"
Bella was nominated by Brenda DeBarros:
"My daughter she is one of the many 17 years olds working at Shaws Market . Just recently was given Masks and gloves. Many of our teens working and risking themselves for $10-11 per hour. I know she is not a nurse or doctor but she is important. Not only that she is not even going to have her High Graduation this year."
Ali was nominated by Trinh Truong, Emily Sara, Joyce Parisi, Kathy Lanni and Christin Marissa. Here are some of the things they said about Ali:
"Ali is my local RI hero for being on the front lines every day as an ER nurse!" — Trinh Truong
"My friend Ali, an ER nurse at Miriam Hospital, has always been very compassionate and I admire her strength and perseverance as she serves on the front lines during this pandemic. She as well as all of our essential workers are sacrificing valuable time with family to help save others. She’s a true hero! Thank you Ali 💕" — Emily Sara
"My sister Ali! She is an emergency room nurse at Miriam and is on the frontlines of this pandemic almost every day. Her compassion and commitment to the hospital and patients is amazing. She as well as so many others put themselves at risk every day to save lives. Ali is a true humanitarian and is also a cancer survivor. Her positive attitude, love for others, and incredible nursing knowledge makes her a RI hero!" — Christin Marissa
Jessica was nominated by Kelley McShane:
"For the last several years you've worked tirelessly for Amos House. Today you are facing this crisis with more strength and tenacity than ever. You and the entire Amos House team have created more housing, collected more resources and served more meals than ever. I am so grateful to have this fabulous Alabaman in our state!"