Manchester, NH Brady Sullivan Properties has donated $500 toward the purchase of masks for the Johnson Family Community Mask Giveaway, spearheaded by Manchester native Angela Daneault and her siblings Randy and Kevin Johnson, whose father Rene Johnson died of COVID-19 at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in May.
The Johnson family story went viral when Angela shared pictures on social media showing CMC nurses holding messages up to the window in Rene Johnson’s room, for his family who had gathered in the park below. The family was unable to be at Rene’s bedside due to hospital COVID-19 regulations, and relied on messages from the nurses for updates on their father’s condition. Ultimately, the news of his passing was also communicated to the family by way of the nurse’s window message, in a heartbreaking photo that has since been shared by media outlets around the world including CNN International, World News Tonight With David Muir, WMUR and WJYY.
“We are deeply grateful for all of the amazing staff at CMC who went above and beyond to help our family,” said Daneault “We are continuing to collect donations and deliver meals to the CMC staff to show our support for all of their hard work, but the one thing they really want is for everyone to just wear a mask”.
To honor that request, Angela Daneault and the Johnson family worked with the United Way to purchase over 3,000 face masks, and handed them out to the public for free at the Brady Sullivan Plaza on June 24th. “We are very pleased to partner with Angela, her family, and Brady Sullivan on this important initiative. Easy access to face masks is one of the best ways we know of to fight the spread and resurgence of COVID-19. We are just pleased do be able to have the opportunity to partner on this project,” said United Way of Greater Nashua president, Mike Apfelberg.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family and all of the amazing healthcare staff on the front lines of this pandemic,” said Arthur Sullivan of Brady Sullivan Properties. “We realize that everyone is anxious to get back to work and for life to return to normal, but it’s important that we all do what we can to protect ourselves and each other against the ongoing threat this virus”.