Local woman raising money to give back to workers at Rome Memorial Hospital

A Rome woman is raising money to give back to health care workers at Rome Memorial Hospital.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 11:24 PM

ROME, N.Y. - A Rome woman is raising money to give back to health care workers at Rome Memorial Hospital.

Julie Summa created a Facebook post about helping the staff at Rome Memorial Hospital who are working around the clock to help sick patients and support local businesses at the same time.

"I was sitting at home with my mom and my son and I was saying that I feel so bad for the nurses, for the small businesses, I feel bad for my friends that are out of work," Summa said.

Much like everyone else, Summa appreciates the work of health care providers everyday.

"Rome Hospital holds a special place in my heart because my grandmother was in and out of here for three years," Summa said. "Their job is so hard and they just do it so well and now they're having to come to work, risk potentially exposing themselves, their kids at home, their family, and it's just so sad."

That's why she wanted to help.

"I made a post on Facebook and I said wouldn't it be nice if we could kill two birds with one stone and I figured if everybody wanted to join me and start donating some money we could order from a bunch of different restaurants and at the same time support the whole hospital," Summa said.

The post was made on March 22 and several donations have already been made, some from people who don't even live in the area.

"It started out where I was thinking maybe we could do a couple floors and now it jumped and we've raised $1,850 so far and it's great," Summa said. "This was something I could do and I'm just pleased that it took off like it did."

The money hasn't been used yet because people are still donating, and Summa is waiting for the right time.

"People are sending money still in the mail and people are still donating and one of my girlfriends that works here said it's kind of the calm before the storm so maybe I'm just waiting a couple of days," Summa said.

As money continues to pour in, Summa hopes to expand to other local agencies.

"If we had enough, we could maybe do the police station and the fire station and Amcare and keep going to the service workers that don't have the choice to stay home and work" Summa said.

Summa is taking donations on her PayPal account, juliesumma7@gmail.com, or Venmo, @julie-Summa.

NEWSChannel 2 did check with Rome Memorial Hospital and they said they were on board and know about the donations.

"It's legit, I've already spoken with the hospital, they all know it's coming," Summa said. "I'm going to do all the accounting so everybody sees exactly what I got and exactly where I spent it."

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