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Taiwanese American Professionals of Los Angeles (TAP-LA), with collaborative support from Asian Pacific Islander (API) and other organizations, including Taiwanese American Professionals of Orange County (TAP-OC), Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), ACE NextGen, Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL-SoCal Chapter), NAAAP Los Angeles, and NAAAP Orange County, have organized a relief effort to support local restaurants while feeding frontline medical workers.
Many restaurants throughout Southern California have been affected by the economic distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care workers and staff, who are putting in many hours of service to care for patients, cope with exhaustion and lack of decent meals. “As part of the tribute to Asian American Heritage Month, groups of Asian American organizations wanted to come together to do something to help to support local restaurants and health care workers during this time of crisis,” said Chris Balmaseda, TAP-LA president and Alhambra Chamber of Commerce board member. “We are going to different hospitals and regions to support them as a part of this effort”
TAP-LA is raising funds through GoFundMe with a goal to reach $25,000 in donations to purchase meals or gift cards from selected local restaurants and safely deliver them to designated hospitals and medical centers. “There are seven Asian Pacific Islander non-profit organizations that came together to do this COVID-19 relief project,” said Angela Chang, president of ACE NextGen Southern California Chapter. “We have specifically designated support to local restaurants, and we have raised money to purchase meals from these restaurants and donate the meals to hospital health care workers. We have been able to serve about 10 hospitals and urgent care centers, and we have supported 10 local restaurants with many more to come.”
Local hospitals and other medical facilities that received meal donations from the organization include the Advanced Healthcare Management Corporation medical centers like Alhambra Hospital Medical Center and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. “COVID-19 has hit the U.S. hard, and the AHMC hospitals have been impacted as well,” said Dr. Wen-ta Chiu, former minister of Health and Welfare of the Executive Yuan and co-CEO of AHMC Healthsystem. “We at AHMC are treating our COVID-19 patients well, and most of them have recovered very well. Thank you to TAP and many charitable organizations for their donations. We are very appreciative for all their help.”
With the generous community donations to TAP- LAxOC API COVID-19 Relief Fund, the organizations were able to support local businesses, such as Charlie's Trio, and donated lunch boxes to feed the frontline staff at Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, and from Lee’s Garden to provide lunches to San Gabriel Valley Medical Center health care workers. “On behalf of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and staff, I just want to express our appreciation to TAP and all the organizations for all the generous meals to all our health care heroes,” said John Aquino, CEO of San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. “We have been blessed with a community and organizations that support us and to have received a number of gifts to help our health care workers.”
To learn more about TAP-LA, visit their website at www.tapla.org, or follow their facebook at @taplosangeles. Donations can be made through Gofundme.com at LA x OC API COVID-19 Relief Fund. “Please help to support the cause, and help us raise funds to purchase meals for health care frontline workers and staff. We greatly appreciate all the support,” said Alan Lee, orthopedic surgeon at San Gabriel Hospital and member of TAP-LA.