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900 Gift Cards Handed Out To Local Healthcare Workers Employed At Detroit Hospitals

Tuesday May 12th, 2020, 5:33pm


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Gift Card Thanks

Hundreds of essential health care workers who cross the border between Windsor and Detroit each day were thanked for their service with a “Take a break on US” gift card for participating Windsor restaurants today, courtesy of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. Learn more in the Newsroom: #YQGStandsStrong #InternationalNursesDay #TakeABreakOnUS

Posted by City of Windsor – Municipal Government on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The U.S. Consulate General and the City of Windsor handed out 900 gift cards to healthcare workers crossing the border into the United States on Tuesday as part of International Nurses Day.

Consul General Greg Stanford, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, volunteers from the Consulate, the City of Windsor and the WEtech Alliance distributed the gift cards at the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit tunnel as a thanks to express appreciation for health care workers’ service to American citizens at Detroit area hospitals.

The gift card offered each healthcare worker a break in the form of coffee, breakfast, or lunch. Participating restaurants included Hikari, Grand Cantina, Eddy’s Bistro, Olde School Deli, Kildare House, Spago, Gilligan’s, Thai Palace Restaurant, and Arcata Pizzeria.

“Here in Windsor, we tend to take the border for granted at times – it’s just a part of our every day life,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “That is until COVID-19 shut it all down. I’m thrilled that the Consul General and the U.S. State Department have come to Windsor to provide these gift cards directly to those health care professionals who are on the frontlines – specifically those crossing the border to Michigan each day. We know we can’t thank everyone who deserves it, but with the help of our friends in the U.S. Consulate we’ve been able to thank quite a few today.”

The gift cards were accompanied by a letter from Stanford, a Michigan resident and a frequent visitor to the Windsor-Detroit area, which read, “As our two countries face the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, we rely on each other more than ever. Your support to vulnerable Americans during this crisis is deeply appreciated. Now more than ever, the ties that keep us together are vitally important.”

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