In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scarborough Health Network has seen a tremendous response from the community to our appeal for the personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies needed to help our front-line workers combat the outbreak.
Thanks to several donations made by a group of concerned citizens going by the name “We Appreciate and Care,” our hospitals have received more than 67,000 masks, including 9,000 N95 masks, to help address potential PPE shortages in the fight against COVID-19. This is the largest total PPE donation received by our hospitals to date since the Help Our Heroes PPE Drive first began.
“We are incredibly grateful to these generous donors for answering our call for important PPE to ensure the safety of our front-line workers,” shares Alicia Vandermeer, President & CEO, SHN Foundation. “These supplies from the group will go a long way to help ensure that our staff remain secure and protected as they treat the patients in our community. With the support of groups like this one, SHN can ensure our community remains safe and healthy.”
SHN may have been the first recipient of the group’s generosity, however the “We Appreciate and Care” group has been busy raising hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of PPE since the need to address shortages was raised province-wide near the end of March, with no signs of slowing down. The group has also enlisted the support of Shaun Chen, MP for Scarborough North, Jean Yip of Scarborough – Agincourt, Councillor Alan Ho and Councillor Isa Lee of the City of Markham who have helped to deliver supplies on their behalf to various hospitals and nursing homes.
“We fully understand the urgent need and would continue our effort to keep our frontline health workers safe, healthy and motivated. To conquer COVID-19, we need participation from the entire community.” said a representative of the We Appreciate and Care group.
Another member remarks: “Protecting the front-line workers is like protecting our own family members, and that’s why we will support them by purchasing and donating PPE to ensure their safety and well-being. Please let your heroes in the frontline know that they are not fighting alone, We Appreciate and Care.”
You can follow in the lead of We Appreciate and Care by visiting SHNFoundation.ca and showing your support for our hospitals – whether with a gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, a donation of PPE supplies to the #HelpOurHeroes Drive, or by simply sending a message of thanks to your front-line staff.