“Aloha, On behalf of Maui Memorial Hospital frontline workers in the COVID and Intensive Care units, we would like to nominate Shelly Brown for SuperHero status. Shelly is a community member who has been purchasing, preparing, cooking, and delivering fresh vegan food for our frontline workers every Sundays for more than a year now. Shelly has sacrificed most of her free time to help our staff as she shops for fresh and healthy ingredients and begins preparations. On Sundays, she wakes up early to prepare food for up to 25 people (not a small task). Shelly is mindful and thoughtful in every way as she chooses produce to purchase from local farmers to further support Hawaiʻi’s economy.
When Shelly is not preparing meals for MMMC ICU staff, she works full time with Maui Family Support Services helping victims of abuse. Shelly also assists the County of Maui with census data everyday after work. She also volunteers at “Food Not Bombs” each month to feed the hungry. Restaurants reaching out for business know they can count on Shelly as she is the first person on the reservation list. Shelly often spends much of her own money to cover the differences in cost of food for the healthcare providers.
As I write this letter of recommendation, I find myself tearful. It’s difficult to describe how much this huge gesture means to our staff as we often feel exhausted and physically/psychologically depleted working through this pandemic with the most ill COVID patients on the island. This loving gesture has literally shifted our days into moments of gratitude and happiness. Shelly’s unconditional kindness has touched our hearts which also translates in our patient care, which affects the wellness of our community as a whole.
Thank you for your time and serious consideration. It takes people like Shelly to keep our community afloat and safe. Please help us thank her!”
Nominated by: Sarah Thom & Rasa Priya Thom
We look forward to celebrating you in paradise at Fairmont Kea Lani.
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