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Snacks for Superheroes takes flight

Posted at 11:20 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 01:34:48-04

Paralympic bronze medalist and Purple Heart recipient Melissa Stockwell is no stranger to giving back.

"Something small that gives me a good feeling that I'm doing something," Stockwell said.

For the past five weeks, her efforts have surrounded the mouth-watering aisles at Costco on Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs, as part of the "Snacks for Superheroes" campaign.

"Reached out to the hospital and they said, we're kind of inundated with meals right now, which is great problem to have, but the hospital workers could really use some snacks," Stockwell said. "Middle, before or after a shift, just a few things to grab."

Thanks in part to donations through Facebook and Venmo accounts, Stockwell has been able to stock up on all kinds of treats for those medical workers putting their lives on the line to protect us during this pandemic.

"To this point we've raised about $3,800," Stockwell said. "I'd love to keep it going as long as I can, "Nurse week" starts tomorrow and what better way to say thank you to the nurses than giving them a bunch of tasty snacks."

It's a decent workout to boot as she prepares for the 2021 Paralympic Games and another chance to medal in the paratriathalon.

"Swim, bike, run, supermarket sweep, perfect," Stockwell said.

However, the ultimate goal is another chance to show her gratitude for those on the front lines each and every day.

"Sometimes the smallest ones mean the most," Stockwell said. "It makes them feel appreciated, going into a long shift and coming out."

Another kind gesture, proving there's a lot of good in the world, even during difficult times.

"If we can all do our part, little by little, this will pass and we'll get through it together," Stockwell said.

If you'd like to make a contribution to the Snacks for Superheroes campaign, click on the link: Snacks for Superheroes