Local Businesses Stepping Up With Donations To Fight COVID-19

Tuesday April 28th, 2020

Posted at 10:08pm

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The City of Windsor says that since the public appeal for medical products was first issued on March 23, 2020, City of Windsor and County of Essex staff have been processing donations and deploying products directly to frontline health care staff across the region.

To date they have over 140 individuals or organizations have donated materials and supplies.  That includes 3,200 N-95 respirator masks, 32,000 surgical face masks, 43,000 pairs of disposable gloves and 100 pairs of goggles or face shields have been collected.

Over the past few weeks, local businesses have taken significant steps, at individual corporate cost, to transition production to produce thousands of litres of hand sanitizer to support frontline workers in Windsor, Essex County and across the province.

Starting Tuesday,  the City of Windsor will be receiving 500 litres of product from BASF Canada, which expects to donate more than 11,000 litres over the next few weeks.

The City of Windsor has also received approximately 6,000 litres of hand sanitizer produced by local distillers, Hiram Walker & Sons.

The City of Windsor has mobilized staff and resources to further decant the donated sanitizer and distribute to frontline health care workers, police, fire, EMS, regional long-term care homes and social services staff.

With this additional delivery of product, the City of Windsor is now able to coordinate donations of hand sanitizer to our surrounding neighbours, such as the County of Essex, Town of Essex, Town of Amherstburg, Town of Leamington and Town of LaSalle.

“I’m humbled and grateful that many corporate leaders, large and small, have come forward to support the community’s fight against COVID-19,” said Mayor Dilkens. “It is truly wonderful to see this level of contribution—it underscores the tremendous community spirit that exists in Windsor.”

Donations are encouraged and still being accepted a the WFCU Centre.  If you are able to make a contribution. Hours of operation remain Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30am to 2:30pm for the foreseeable future.

Donors are asked to pull up to the Community Rink doors off the main parking lot where staff will provide direction after a short screening process. These items are being put to immediate use by hospitals, paramedics, fire, police and correctional services, as well as long-term care homes.

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