An Uber driver in Memphis, Tennessee has delivered $12,000 worth of food to a local hospital to feed medical staff who aren't able to eat because they're so busy attending to those infected with coronavirus.
On March 20, Uber driver Tammy Rivera, 57, picked up a nurse at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital who asked Rivera if she could stop at McDonald's because she was extremely hungry. The nurse explained that due to the long 12-24 hour shifts, she is unable to eat because the hospital cafeteria isn't open 24 hours a day.
Upon hearing the nurse's story, Rivera knew she had to do something to help the health care workers.
"[When she said she was hungry,] it really stuck with me. It got my brain going — what can I do and how can I fix this? I wanted to find a way to feed the people that are in the most danger right now, those in the ER and in the COVID unit," Rivera told PEOPLE.
Rivera quickly set up a fundraiser, asking the community for money to purchase meals that she would deliver to the staff at the hospital. Within two hours, she had raised enough money to provide meals for the first night.
As soon as Rivera sees that funds are getting low, she posts an update and the community rises to the occasion by contributing more funds for food. As of Thursday evening, Rivera has raised over $12,000 in food funds and has been able to deliver meals for 27 consecutive days.
Rivera plans to continue delivering meals and raising funds for as long as necessary.
"I have no plans to stop. I will stop when there is no need or no more money, but our community just keeps giving. And I can't wait to collect on all the hugs we haven't been able to give each other."