Fredericksburg, Va. - In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic shook up life as we know it, doctors, nurses, first responders, hospital staff and health professionals around the world have shown great tenacity and dedication to battling the virus.
By the end of February, over 500,000 Americans lost their lives to COVID-19. In Virginia, there have been 449,000 confirmed cases, over 22,500 hospitalizations and well over 6,500 deaths.
Without a solid “end” in sight, and vaccination centers beginning to pop up, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) took action to support medical professionals. Throughout February, REC donated over 1,000 meals to eleven hospitals across the Cooperative’s service area, including Martha Jefferson Hospital, University of Virginia Health System, Novant Health UVA Culpeper Medical Center and Stafford Hospital.
“Working with other businesses, like REC, to make those donations is incredibly satisfying,” said Johnny Garver, Jr., co-owner of Pronto! Pasta, who delivered 80 meals to the University of Virginia Health System. “We’ve provided meals to the COVID-19 unit throughout the pandemic, but partnering with REC to give back to the community was a joyful experience.”
In addition to the meals, REC donated large and small hand sanitizers and gift cards to Costco and B.J.’s Warehouse for staff to get snacks and supplies.
REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.