As healthcare workers risk their lives to treat patients infected with the coronavirus, a Detroit man decided to use his $900 in savings to buy gas for nurses.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, after dropping his wife at her job at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allen Marshall stood outside the Exxon Express station en route to Detroit Medical Center with a sign that read “FREE GAS FOR NURSES.”
“I just love them and I want them to know that,” Marshall told CNN affiliate WDIV.
According to John Hopkins University, Michigan is one of the hardest-hit states in the US with close to 16,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and a death toll of 617.
Station attendant Imran Al Samet watched it all go down last week. He said Marshall bought gas for 50-80 people over the two days he spent at the Exxon.
The nurses are taking precautions and many did not enter the service station, but Al Samet reports, “They’re happy with it.”
One nurse told WDIV, “Oh my goodness, that is so nice of him.”
Word of Marshall’s good deed spread, and a woman identified as Alana was moved to pitch in another $200 and pump gas for nurses.
She told the media, “I was so inspired I had to come down and help. I wanted to give back. These nurses are putting their lives on the line every day for us.”
Alana’s nephew is a nurse, so she says she is personally invested in the support of healthcare workers throughout this difficult and high-risk time.
“It just kills me every day to know that he’s going to work. I don’t know if he could get sick or what’s going to happen,” she said. “They’re heroes and we need to do what we can to support them.”
When the money ran out, Marshall flipped his sign so it read “THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!” and waved to passing healthcare workers on traveling to and from the hospital.