Eight-Year-Old Provides Hundreds of Meals for Healthcare Workers in Plano – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches two years, our healthcare workers continue to attend to frontline needs. An eight year old from Plano wants them to know that they are not forgotten.

Alicia Carter works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano. She said days in the hospital leave very little room for downtime during a global pandemic.

“There are days when we don’t even have time to have lunch or anything to eat,” Carter said.

That changed eight-year-old Mimi Saleh, if only for one day. Mimi wanted to do something for our healthcare workers. On Labor Day weekend, Mimi went to the grocery store with her parents and went straight to the vegetable department. Then she went to her lemonade stand. But not just any lemonade stand. This was an emerging business with a purpose.

“She had cute little notes that she handwritten,” Carter said. “So pretty. She put it in every single bag of food and tied it up.”

Mimi raised $ 2,300 for around 1,000 meals at the Bella Italia restaurant for nurses, doctors, and staff. 100% of the proceeds went to buying meals for those on the front lines at Texas Health Presbyterian.

Mimi’s mother, Petra Ray, said her daughter’s altruism came as no surprise at all.

“She always thinks about other people and ways to make them feel special. Always looking for people who are hurt and want to do something for them, it didn’t surprise us that she thought of them and wanted to do something for them, ”said Ray. “We just didn’t think it was going to get that big.”

Sister Carter says Mimi not only fed them, but reassured them that they are valued.

“I think it made everyone think about all the things to be thankful for. It touched our hearts, ”said Carter.

As for Mimi, her motivation is simple.

“That makes me happy,” she said.