GLOVERSVILLE — While local healthcare workers and first responders heed the call of duty amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, one local business owner is doing his part to keep them fueled as they continue their work on the frontlines of the pandemic.
As today has been deemed National Nurses Day, Dunkin’ Donut shops throughout the Mohawk Valley are offering healthcare workers a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free donut with no purchase necessary.
While the national coffee outlet chips in this month to help health care workers, local Dunkin’ franchise owner, Bashar Mustafa, owner of both the Johnstown and Gloversville shops, began helping out his community last month by making rounds to health care workers and first responders throughout Fulton County – personally delivering coffee and baked goods to them in appreciation for their work.
“[This was] just to show appreciation to our first responders during this trying time that we are in,” Mustafa said on Tuesday.
From donuts and munchkins, to bagels and muffins, Mustafa delivered more than 1,000 baked goods, as well as 50 boxes of coffee, to nurses, doctors and staff of Nathan Littauer Hospital on April 17. Deliveries were also made on April 17 to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Johnstown Police Department, Johnstown Fire Department, Gloversville Police Department and Gloversville Fire Department.
Mustafa said that health care workers and first responders are crucial to upholding the community, and that the donation of baked goods and coffee is his way of thanking them for their continued efforts to keep the community safe.
“They’re essentially to the community. Without them on the front lines we wouldn’t be able to get through this position that we are in,” Mustafa said. “It’s something just to show appreciation for them and to let them know that we have their back throughout this crisis that we are going through.”
Both the Gloversville and Johnstown Dunkin’ shops, Mustafa said, will be participating today in the National Nurses Day coffee and donut giveaway.
Mustafa said that front line workers have appreciated the caffeine pick-me-up’s, and said he is planning to make additional rounds to health care workers and first responders this month to “really touch base with everybody that’s out there on the front lines.”
“The hospital loved it. We got a lot of great feedback from the hospital and they were all supportive and appreciative that we did the delivery for everybody,” Mustafa said. “We’re trying to do whatever we can, whether it’s a donut or a coffee — whatever we can to help out the community.”
In addition to donating to front line workers, Mustafa is also trying add a little fun to self-isolating families by offering DIY donut decorating kits for parents to purchase for their children. According to a press release, the donut decorating boxes are equipped with donuts, frosting and sprinkles.
As both a franchise owner and a Fulton County community member, Mustafa said he is committed to finding ways to give back to his community.
“Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation awarded three grants last month for $35,000 to local non-profit organizations in the capital region,” Mustafa said. “[These include] the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which serves several organizations right here in Fulton County.”