Gift Cards for U.S. Bound Healthcare Workers
The U.S. Consulate General is asking Windsor area healthcare workers to “Take a Break on US.”
Hundreds of gift cards for local restaurants are being handed out today, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in conjunction with International Nurses Day.
Working in partnership with the City of Windsor, the U.S. Consulate in Toronto will offer 900 gift cards to area healthcare workers to express appreciation for their service to American citizens at Detroit area hospitals.
Consul General Greg Stanford and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens worked with volunteers from the Consulate, the City of Windsor and the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation distributing cards at the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit tunnel this morning between 5 and 8 a.m. and will be back at it from 1 to 4 p.m.
A special thanks also to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency staff, along with bridge and tunnel management for providing support to this initiative.
The gift cards will be accompanied by a letter from CG Stanford, a Michigan resident and a frequent visitor to the Windsor-Detroit area. In it he notes, “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.”
Windsor Mayor Dilkens adds: “Here in Windsor, we tend to take the border for granted at times – it’s just a part of our every day life. 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 card initiative will offer each healthcare worker a break in the form of coffee, breakfast or lunch at one of nine participating Windsor locations.