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Williamsville teen donates 100 burgers to St. Joeseph's Hospital

Posted at 7:06 AM, Jun 12, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “Our doctors were thrown into the frontlines against this virus and I just wanted to show my appreciation for them,” 15-year-old Ali Gokeck from Williamsville bought dinner for healthcare workers at St. Joseph's hospital.

He started a GoFundMe raising $700 and bought 100 burgers from BurgerIM on Hertel Avenue.

Susan Brooks is the Director of Patient Care Services and says having meals donated for nurses is a huge help. “They need to be replenished, they need something of substance because they are burning so many calories doing their work,” Brooks said.

St. Joseph's Hospital is still taking care of COVID-19 patients. In the last few months, they have had more than 90 COVID-19 patients and now, they are treating 33 patients. Ali says he kept seeing pictures of nurses looking exhausted and thought providing a meal was the least he could do.

“Everyone should donate their time and money to help those who are supporting us,” Ali said.

He’s not done yet-- he’s still raising money to donate food to nurses at sister’s charity hospital. And he has started his own website called youth empowerment platform to encourage other kids to do community service projects.