Dr. Ratan Ahuja and Dr. Karuna Ahuja
Our next two recipients are Dr. Ratan Ahuja and Dr. Karuna Ahuja. They are the owners of Florida Cardiopulmonary Center in Orange City. They have been serving their community since 2002. The philanthropic work they have done this past year during the peak of the pandemic truly exemplifies their generosity and gratitude to their community.
Here is a statement that best describes their efforts:
The Gift of Groceries Food Drive
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. That's exactly what our team had the opportunity to do during the pandemic. Everyday our team worked diligently to make our gift of groceries event a success. Each morning cars would line up to receive the grocery donations from our staff. We were able to help a total of 2,253 families by giving out groceries to the greater community. Our team traveled to The Family Renew Community to share our gift of groceries with them along with hygiene kits. The Family Renew Community gives homeless families with children a safe, stable place to live while parents work to attain permanent housing and become self-supporting.
Starting over is hard especially during a pandemic. That's why our team made starting over bins for safehouses and brought groceries. COVID-19 creates added danger for women in homes with domestic violence. For many home isn't a safe place but these safehouses provide hope for them and their families.
Holiday Gift Food Drive
When the holidays came around we wanted to create a Holiday Gift Food Drive that could help the community prepare their favorite holiday dishes. Our team was able to share 500 festive packages that included mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread, stuffing, fruit, vegetables, cranberry sauce, desserts, and much more. Santa also had toys and candy canes ready for the kids and families.
All of these events truly showed us how giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference.
Congratulations to our local hometown heroes.