Gustavo Tonella, owner of Doggo Gus, a hot dog eatery in Imperial Beach, had an idea a month ago. He didn’t want to close his restaurant and lay off employees, so he thought of a way to continue working and feeding nurses and doctors at the same time.
He created “Help Our Helpers” which has provided lunches to 14 hospitals staff so far. Tonella will receive a phone call and donate a number of catered meals for hospital staff and Doggo Gus doubles it. For example if someone buys 30 meals, Doggo Gus will bring 60. As of late not just individuals have sponsored meals, but companies as well, who want to thank hospital staff.
Tonella puts the company’s logo on every bag so that they are recognized. “The first one I completed on my own… I was on the news and then people started to hear about to. Other food trucks said they wanted to donate too,” said Tonella.
At one time Tonella and four food trucks brought food to doctors and nurses. On Tuesday May 12, Tonella was headed to Scripps in Chula Vista with other food trucks to feed 400 nurses. On the same night, he was set up to bring drop off dinners to 50 nurses at Sharp Coronado. “Most people forget that nurses work the night shift,” he said.
“I’ve been busy,” said Tonella who has worked on “Help Our Heroes” three to four times a week for the past month.
Anyone interested in sponsoring meals for hospital staff can reach Tonella at 760-427-2409.