Answering the Call for Help
When Concord Hospital put out a call for face masks, John ‘Cimo’ Cimikoski, who owned Cimo’s South End Deli, put out a call to help get a shipment from China.
Through a friend who does business with firms in China, Cimikoski, purchased 10,000 masks, which went to the Hospital and other organizations such as police and fire departments, Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association and restaurants that were open for takeout business.
The friend, Barbara Berwick, who once lived in Concord, needed $3,000 to buy 10,000 masks. Within two days, Cimikoski and friends raised $1,500. Berwick added the rest and the masks eventually arrived at Cimikoski’s door. Then, employee Diana Rojek began making cloth masks with her mother, Dorinda Louise. They made more than 1,200 masks, giving them away to anyone who needed them.
Cimikoski also teamed up with Mr. Rooter Plumbing to donate box lunches to staff at the Hospital’s Day Surgery Center.
Cimikoski said there was no hesitation to help the Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, just as he and others have helped community organizations through the years. Despite the extra effort, while also running his own businesses, he said the credit should go to his employees, volunteers and countless others in the community.
“There’s probably a hundred stories you could write like this,” he said. “The community had to come together. I think that’s the neat thing about Concord — we are a city, the capital of New Hampshire, but we are a village, you know?”