Help support those working and living in long term care and retirement homes in Waterloo Region by donating unused personal hygiene products and/or personal protective equipment.

 

We need your help. It’s no secret that long term care and retirement homes have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Nurses, personal support workers, cleaning and housekeeping staff, cooks as well as administrators have been working around the clock to keep residents and patients healthy. However, they are short on supplies – including personal protective equipment, essential medical supplies and personal comfort items such as unscented hand cream.

 

Members of the Waterloo Region community have come together to organize a drive to collect unopened and unused supplies from members of the public and local businesses who may have overstock supplies.

 
Community Drive for Long Term Care Workers
Date: Friday, May 8
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Westmount Golf Club Curling Club Lounge entrance, 50 Inverness Dr., Kitchener, ON

 
Thank you for your support. Below is a list of items we are in need of:
 
Personal protective equipment (Please note all PPE must be unopened and unused)

  • Scrubs
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Surgical/medical masks
  • Gowns
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant

 

Personal hygiene & comfort items (Please note all personal items must be unopened and unused)

  • Unscented hand cream
  • Unscented hand soap
  • Feminine products
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Dental floss
  • Denture cleaner

 

Furnishings & fixtures

  • Adjustable bedside tables
  • Large outdoor umbrellas

 

Devices

  • Tablets & smartphones (Please erase personal data and return to factory settings)
  • New headphones
  • iPads

 

Personal entertainment

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Notepads
  • Journals
  • Stationary supplies

 

Other (Please note food items must be unopened and unused)

  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Candy
  • Flowers
  • Bird feeders and bird seed
  • Children’s Artwork: Let creativity run wild and work with your children to create an inspirational piece of art to be displayed for the residents and staff of long term care and retirement homes.

 

Communication technology

Residents and staff of long term care and retirement homes are experiencing challenges when it comes to staying connected to family, friends and community groups. Religious services are moving to virtual settings and visits from family and friends are taking place with the help of digital devices, rather than in-person. To help keep people feeling connected, we are asking for the support of businesses and organizations who are able to donate communication technology and devices, such as wifi-enabled tablets and cases, small music devices such as bluetooth speakers or compact radios, on-ear headphones and smart TVs and/or TV wall mounts. To ensure everyone’s safety and privacy, we ask that donated devices are unused.
If you would like to make a corporate donation, please contact Frank Hivert: FranckHivert@rogers.com.

 

Important drop-off instructions: To ensure the safety of the public and volunteers, please transport your donation items in the trunk of your car. When you arrive, please pop your trunk and one of our volunteers will take the donation items from your vehicle. Alternatively, you may leave your donation on one of the tables outside. All boxes and bags that donations are delivered in will be thoroughly disinfected before entering the building.

 

 

Thank you to our community supporters for your generous contributions of logistical support, warehousing space, time and materials.

 

 

Don’t have PPE but still want to help?
Monetary donations can be made at https://www.regionready.ca

 

Candace Beres

Questions? Candace Beres is happy to help.

Manager, Public Relations, Communitech | Email Candace