Beam of light: Beach House Café in Greenwich

Yankee Institute is proud to present “Beam of Light” — A dedicated place to lift spirits by illuminating the many acts of quiet heroism, generosity, individual initiative and kindness that are happening every day across Connecticut during the coronavirus crisis.  

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Beach House Café Donates Meals to Medical Professionals, Greenwich, CT 

Beach House Café, a local restaurant in the Riverside community of Greenwich has mobilized their team to make and deliver hot meals to medical professionals fighting to save lives in Greenwich. Restaurant owners Kane Xu and Daniel Gressel are sending 180 meals to Greenwich Hospital.  

If you would like to donate a hot meal to nurses, doctors and medical professionals fighting to save lives, please go to: 

Click on start order, then click on “Donate a meal for local doctor and nurse” and follow the rest of the ordering form.  

A special thank you to Greenwich residents of the outpouring support of this initiative.  

Beam of light: Matthew Carrier in Enfield

Matthew Carrier of Enfield Connecticut has brightened his community by putting together a “Bright Night for Heroes” display in his neighborhood. Carrier decorated his home with lights accompanied by patriotic music to help lift spirits and honor everyone working hard to combat COVID-19.

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Beam of light: 850 Degrees Pizza in Ridgefield

In good times, 850 Degrees Pizza in Ridgefield, CT swears that it “make the best pizza you’ll ever eat!” But during the Covid-19 crisis, it has offered assurances to its community of a very different kind. Under the 850 Degrees #NoOneGoesHungry Campaign, they have told their community, “To all those who have changes in employment or income during this time, we are here to help. NO ONE GOES HUNGRY! If you need help, 850 Degrees Pizza will provide you a free 12" cheese pizza every day until the COVID-19 crisis ends.

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