At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners of the pizza and baked goods spot Grammy’s Italian Goodies in Wheat Ridge, were overcome with fear. “When all the (government) orders came down …
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At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners of the pizza and baked goods spot Grammy’s Italian Goodies in Wheat Ridge, were overcome with fear.
“When all the (government) orders came down we were afraid to go under,” said Vickie Corder, who owns the business with her husband. “We were just terrified because we weren’t going to have anybody in the restaurant and all of the outdoor events were going to be canceled and we are pretty active with those.”
But Vickie said something wonderful began to happen when she drove into work the day after Gov. Jared Polis announced that he was putting an eight-week halt to dine-in eating.
“A miracle happened and the phone started ringing and the community has kept us very much afloat,” said Corder. “All of my help is here and they are all making their full wages and getting all of their hours and providing for their family and then the cherry on top is the tips have been phenomenal.”
Vickie and her staff were so thankful for the unexpected outpouring of support that they decided that rather than keep the tip money, they would use it to pay for Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches and chips to give to first to first-responders.
But Vickie soon realized, however, that she had perhaps bitten off more than she could chew and had no idea how she would actually go about distributing the sandwiches to those responders.
“So I did what everybody does when they are trouble,” said Vickie. “I called the cops.”
Denver Police, Wheat Ridge Police and 12 other departments ultimately agreed to not only deliver the meals to their stations but also deliver them to other groups of first responders, including hospitals and ambulance services.
On Sunday, May 3, officers from those agencies rolled up to Grammy’s restaurant and bakery in Wheat Ridge to pick up boxes containing the sandwiches and chips.
“I had some heavily-armed delivery men,” Vickie said. “It was pretty cool.”
In total, Grammy’s staff cooked up 600 pounds of sausage and peppers to make the 2000 sandwiches that were delivered.
“All of their cars lined up and they were all happy,” said Vickie. “I think it was kind of nice for them to be honored and they sure did me a favor delivering everything.”
The Wheat Ridge Police department was one of many local police departments to express their gratitude on Facebook. Their post read:
“Chief Murtha and days and swing shift officers sure enjoyed the sandwiches today from Grammy’s Italian Goodies. Lutheran Medical Center got a delivery from Grammy’s from our WRPD chief as well. It was a pretty delicious day. Thanks again owner Vickie Corder and family!”
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