Port Colborne service clubs delivering support to front-line health workers
The Welland Tribune
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Service clubs and businesses in Port Colborne are coming together to show appreciation for front-line health-care workers who have been "working for days" during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Amy Young, president of Port Colborne Lioness.
An initiative has been formed to deliver takeout food to staff at Niagara Health urgent care sites in Port Colborne, Welland and Fort Erie.
It's been made possible with community donations made through e-transfer, reduced pricing from restaurants, and the mandate of clubs to show support to communities during difficult times.
"This is what we do all the time — fundraise and figure out what needs have to be met in the community," said Young.
Port Colborne Optimist Club is partnering with the Lioness club to deliver the food.
Blackadder Leon and Fazari LLP and Dobsi Medical have pitched in to raise about $1,200 that will be spent on meals. Social media and word of mouth with club members friends and families have played a role, she said.
Pie Guys, a Port Colborne business that has been closed during the pandemic, has reopened its kitchen briefly to cook for the program. Market Cafe, also in Port Colborne, has provided food for the effort at a lower-than-normal cost. Baked goods and wraps are on the menu each day.
Sobeys in Port Colborne has donated fruit to the cause.
Young said the program is meant to support small businesses during such a challenging time.
When food is dropped off, precautions are taken, she said. Items are left with people posted at site entrances who are there to screen people coming in.ign Up
Young travels alone in her vehicle.
"We don't go in the ER. We're being very careful," she said.
The work and dedication of hospital staff needs to be recognized in such an unprecedented and unusual time, Young said Wednesday, before another round of deliveries were to be made in the three south Niagara communities the program is focusing on.
"I'm sure some of them can't even see their own families," she said.
Anyone who wishes to donate can contact Port Colborne Lioness at firstname.lastname@example.org.