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She’s a model, an author, and she’s also a humanitarian. When Chrissy Teigen learned that the wife of a LifeLine crewmember was searching for cannoli, she ordered up a care package and sent it to Indiana.
By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been said that when we have connections – it doesn’t matter how much time and space separates us. We become a little village.
That village recently brought together a baker in New York, a model who lives on the west coast, and healthcare workers in Indiana.
At a time when LifeLine paramedic Chris Blaisuis is typically the one responsible for the safe delivery of patients, he received his own special delivery.
It started with his wife of 20 years, Heather. She follows Chrissy Teigen on social media. Teigen was named “Rookie of the Year,” after she made her modeling debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue of 2010. She later appeared on the 50th anniversary cover in 2014.
Two years ago, Teigen, who is married to singer, songwriter, and producer John Legend, published the New York Times bestsellers “Cravings: Recipes for all the Food you want to Eat.” In 2018 she published her second book “Cravings: Hungry for More.”
Her books are filled with such mouth-watering recipes as veggie and rice miso, chamomile roasted carrots, and a fan favorite – rice pudding.
Chris Blaisuis grew up in New York and enjoyed sweet Italian cannoli. Heather thought it would be a great gesture to locate a bakery that offered delivery to the Midwest.
It only took a 53-word tweet from Heather before Teigen began her mission to send cannoli to Blaisuis and his LifeLine crewmembers. When his wife told Teigen that Blaisuis misses cannoli, she asked for the LifeLine address and made the special delivery.
Ten boxes – 60 cannoli - were sent by Goldbelly delivery from Ferrara Bakers. The New York Little Italy bakery is a favorite of Teigen’s. The cannoli were prepared fresh from the bakery and shipped on dry ice. She also sent a two-pound cookie tray filled with Italian shortbread and Neapolitan cakes.
“They were to die for,” said Blaisuis, who has been a paramedic for 13 years. He shared the sweets with other crewmembers and took a few home to share with his wife and two sons, ages 13 and 14.
Blaisus reached out to Teigen on Twitter with this message of thanks: “I can’t tell you how much I, and my IU Health LifeLine crewmembers appreciate this thoughtful gesture. It’s been a hard and busy six weeks for all of us in healthcare. Gestures like this mean more than we can express in words and thanks. Greatly appreciated.”