City says Thank You for Medical Donations
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City says Thank You for Medical Donations

The City of Windsor is saying Thank You to all the residents and businesses that donated medical supplies when the COVID-19 pandemic hit our community.

“On March 23, 2020 we put out a call to the local community for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.  “The response was immediate and overwhelming and helped ensure our front line workers were able to safely continue their vital jobs.  Now that we’re in good shape with PPE we’re able to safely close down the operation”.

The donations came from all over the community including business and organizations like dentist and doctors’ offices, local manufacturing facilities, nail salons, the University of Windsor, Caesars Windsor, Habitat for Humanity, Tepperman’s and the Windsor Spitfires. 

These groups coupled with the numerous individuals and families who also made donations meant there were over 150 individuals or organizations donated materials and supplies. 

Some highlights from the donations include:

  • 3,245 N-95 respirator masks have been collected;

  • 38,000 surgical face masks have been received;

  • 45,000 pairs of disposable gloves have been donated;

  • 360 pairs of goggles or face shields have been collected;

  • 840 tyvek suits received;

  • 65 bed cots and mattress covers donated

“Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare received significant quantities of medical supplies from the City of Windsor’s donation depot,” said Bill Marra, Vice President External Affairs & Executive Director Changing Lives Together Foundation. “At the height of the global pandemic - this was truly an example of neighbour helping neighbour to make sure that those in need in our community were cared for.”

In addition, community members made one-off donations of items such as thermometers, homemade hand sewn masks, ear savers, humidifiers and cleaning products.  Some of the miscellaneous supplies of a medical nature that couldn’t be used by the health care workers have been donated to St. Clair College for their teaching and training of students in the health care sector.

Staff located at the WFCU Centre have been processing donations, tracking inventory and deploying the much needed products directly to frontline health care staff and shelters across the region. Hospitals in both Windsor and Leamington as well as Windsor-Essex EMS, Windsor Fire & Rescue, the COVID-19 Shelter Hotel,  long term care and retirement homes, walk in clinics, the shelter at Windsor Water World, March of Dimes, Huron Lodge, and the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) are just a few of the organizations that received the much needed product.

For local health and safety information on COVID-19, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website. For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19.​​​

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