Tara Capolongo, a Special Education Teacher in the Bay Shore School District and a member of NYSUT, is making an impact on her local community.
Tara’s sister, Jamie Ferro, is a nurse in the MICU/CCU and she wanted to do something kind for the staff but couldn’t decide on what to do. A few weeks ago, her sister had called her and asked if she can get her a specific type of lotion to help heal her cracked and bleeding hands due to excessive washing. That was where it all began.
Tara placed her first order for 45 bottles of lotion on April 8, 2020 with the intent to donate solely to her sister’s unit. With a nudge from her other sister, Megan Granelle, she decided to share this mission on Facebook in a public post on that same day. Within 36 minutes of posting, she was able to place an order for another 50 lotions. Another member of NYSUT, the President of the Bay Shore Teacher’s Association, Michael Krieger, embraced the mission and shared her post with their colleagues.
A close friend of hers, Jacqueline Azzizzo, shared this post with her friends at Twin Pines Elementary School in Brentwood and with Bay Shore’s Fit Boot Camp. Other close friends, family and members of the community where she lives have also all shared in the efforts to raise money.
When all was said and done, Tara was able to order a total of 255 lotions! The lotions were separated into four baskets for distribution. All of these lotions are to be donated to the medical staff at Long Island Community Hospital. Tara wants to take this opportunity and thank the nurses and other medical professionals at Long Island Community Hospital! She states, “Their hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed during this very difficult time.”