New Orleans, LA – The Al Copeland Foundation is partnering with suppliers to deliver essential care packages with items individually identified by Louisiana hospitals to courageous first responders working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. Doctors, nurses, EMT’s, paramedics, firefighters, and policemen and women from across the state bravely show up for work each day with little time to take care of their own needs. The Al Copeland Foundation has launched the “Be A Hero. Thank a Hero” campaign to provide a level of comfort in an overly chaotic work environment for these real-life heroes.

“The idea behind ‘Be A Hero. Thank a Hero.’ is to give these heroes the strength and energy they need to stay in the fight for us,” said Al Copeland, CEO and chairman of the Al Copeland Foundation. “After working long, grueling shifts, they often are left with little or no time to refuel. We are listening to the needs of the hospitals and identifying with our suppliers items to send. We hope that the essential care packages will offer some relief and make a difference in their lives.” The Copeland Family kicked off the campaign with a $10,000 donation to provide essential care packages to four area hospitals: Touro, Ochsner Kenner, Ochsner Northshore and Our Lady of The Lake Hospital. The Al Copeland Foundation has reached out to hospitals across Louisiana to identify the items their first responders need. Essential grocery items included on the list are items such as fresh produce, dairy items, meat, poultry, protein and breakfast bars, juices, water, as well as, dry good such as paper plates, toilet paper and paper towels.

The public is invited to join the Al Copeland Foundation and make donations to the ‘Be a Hero. Thank a Hero.’ campaign. Donations may be made in denominations of $5 to send a little love, $10 to send some more love, $20 to send much love or $50 to send a lot of love. Donations of $500, $1000, $5000 and $10,000 will help provide hot meals throughout the state hospital systems. Al Copeland Foundation has received several donations to the foundation for this effort and has secured matching grants up to $30,000 prior to the launch. To donate, please go to BeAHeroThankAHero.com.