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Providing food for the first responders on the Eastern Shore

Posted at 5:42 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:42:06-04

ST MICHAELS, Md. — St. Michaels is a gem on the Eastern Shore, on Wednesday, it’s more like a diamond in the rough. No tourist, no shopping and dining.

All of us are staying in, but first responders don’t have that luxury.

Clay Stamp is director for Talbot County Emergency Service. In times of need, emergency services lend a hand to each other.

"'Cause we know that we will always back each other up," Stamp said. "You always have help coming in front the federal government, the state government or each other."

But everyone in other departments are consumed with their own battles of this virus, so they have to look take care of themselves.

Chris Agharabi, is the owner of Ava's Pizzeria & Wine Bar in St. Michaels. He has 90 people employed at his four restaurants, now only 20 are working.

"In restaurants it’s kind of in their dna to manage a crisis or get involved in a crisis," he explained.

He has had people ordering carry out because people are stuck at home. He thought what about the people who can’t be home. They need to eat.

That's when he came up with the idea that his customers can order food for first responders. They are risking their lives for us so why not feed them.

Stamp tells me first responders understand the risk they signed up for but they are concerned about their family as well.

"They don’t question their job, they’re the first one to do it but, their achilles heel is their family," he said. "They don’t want to bring something home to their family."

So while first responders are taking care of us and working about their own families, the restaurants are taking care of your stomach.