MIDDLETOWN, R.I. \u2014 Rep. Deborah Ruggiero recently thanked the staff at three Middletown nursing centers for their hard work during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering lunch to them.\nRep. Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) delivered a total of 36 pizzas to the staffs at Blenheim-Newport on Valley Road, John Clarke Retirement and Nursing Center on Valley Road and Grand Islander on Green End Avenue.\n\u201cFrontline workers at nursing homes are caring for some of the most at-risk people in Rhode Island, and are working nonstop to protect family members in their care. The high stakes of keeping the virus out of each center has made their jobs extremely, extremely stressful and difficult every day. Yet, day in and day out, they continue treating our friends and family with a smile and a positive attitude. They are the real heroes. I just wanted to say thank you to them for the work and dedication they bring to their job every day through this crisis,\u201d said Representative Ruggiero.\nRep. Ruggiero also extends a big thank you to Constantine Amarant and his family at Aquidneck Restaurant and Pizzeria in Middletown, for handling her large order so well, and to Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth), who helped behind the scenes.\n\u201cIt was very much appreciated by the staff of the John Clarke Nursing Center, who felt supported by Representative Ruggiero and her kindness and generosity. It was wonderful. This is the first time during this crisis that someone in politics has reached out to the long-term care workers here, and it really did mean a lot to us,\u201d said Dru Boiani, director of nursing services at John Clarke Retirement and Nursing Center.