WNY Teen Buys 100 Burgers for Nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital
A WNY teen raised money and donated 100 burgers to frontline workers to say 'thank you' for their dedication during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ali Gokeck, a 15-year-old from Williamsville, started a GoFundMe page to raise the money to buy the burgers, according to WKBW. He raised $700, which he used to buy the burgers from a local business, BurgerIM on Hertel Avenue.
“Our doctors were thrown into the frontlines against this virus and I just wanted to show my appreciation for them. Everyone should donate their time and money to help those who are supporting us.” ~ Ali Gokeck via WKBW
Ali plans to continue to help nurses and others, using his own platform, a website called Youth Empowerment Platform. He hopes to inspire other young folks to giveback and do positive things.
"We are a youth initiative aiming to help other youth to start projects that will benefit communities all around us. By kickstarting a youth's journey into the world of helping their communities we empower youth to make a difference in the world." ~ Youth Empowerment Platform
St. Joseph's Hospital, where he donated the burgers to, still has 33 COVID-19 patients in its care. It has treated more than 90 COVID-19 patients.