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Gayle King Donates Meals to Friends of Harlem Hospital Center to Aid COVID-19 Relief Fund

(Left to right) Deacon Rodney Beckford, of Catholic Charities, Chair, Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff, Friends of Harlem Hospital, Restaurateur Melba Wilson and Michael Garner President of the One Hundred Black Men, Gather for prayer and service at the Harlem eatery Melba’s. Their organizations donated Easter Passover dinners to the staff of the ICU and ER units at Harlem Hospital on Easter Sunday. The meals included a heartwarming message of appreciation and inspiration.
Photo credit: Courtesy of FOHHC

The Friends of Harlem Hospital Center (FOHHC) sounded the alarm for support for its COVID-19 Relief Fund.  After a heartwarming interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” featuring Melba Wilson from, Melba’s Restaurant of Harlem, Gayle King, Co-Host of “CBS Morning News” donated 1,000 meals for essential medical, maintenance and support staff who have been on the front lines supporting Harlem residents.

In response to this pandemic, Harlem Hospital Center has been converted into a COVID-19 Emergency response operation. “We were pleased to provide meals to strengthen the hospital as the teams work round the clock. The Hospitals’  physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff have been strengthened and encouraged by the support that they have received from people from around the world during this difficult time. Our Providers have been on the front lines delivering services to the community who need and deserve extra care, they deserve our gratitude and appreciation” said Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Chairman of the Friends of Harlem Hospital Center’s Board.

“It has been a blessing to have Ms. King make such a sizable donation. Her incredible contribution has allowed us to not only bring back recently furloughed employees but also nourish hospital workers who are making the biggest sacrifice, during this time of need” said Melba Wilson.

Since its inception in 1987, the Friends of Harlem Hospital Center (FOHHC) has raised more than $10MM for programs at the Hospital and the community it serves. The Hospital serves a predominantly economically underserved community that experiences significant disparities in health outcomes.   The FOHHC Board is As a 282-bed acute care hospital servicing Chaired by Rev. Jacques DeGraff, noted Civil Rights Leader and Associate Pastor of the Pastor  Canaan Baptist Church.   Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC) serves as the fundraising counsel to the FOHHC.

Friends of Harlem Hospital needs your help.  Join us as we support the medical professionals and support staff who are working to get and keep Upper Manhattan healthy. Give to the FOHHC COVID-19 Relief fund today.

To Donate, visit the Friends of Harlem Hospital website at:

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