Gift Cards to Support Local Agencies

Another round of gift card giving in Windsor will benefit two local agencies. The Unemployed Help Centre and Drouillard Place will share in receiving cards that remained from the first round of the Families Supporting Families initiative earlier this year.

Over 100 cards valued at $100 each are being distributed, and each agency will ensure they are shared with low income families with children in Windsor-Essex.

“Our social services team helped identify these two community agencies as great fits for the extra cards,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “They’ll ensure these generous donations from our first initiative continue to make a difference to our community in this next round of giving.”

“We’re so fortunate to receive this generous donation of gift cards,” said June Muir, Chief Executive Officer of the Unemployed Help Centre. “Giving a gift card to our clients allows them the opportunity to purchase items such as eggs, meat, dairy and hygiene products that are not always included in our food hamper and are very expensive to purchase.”

“Drouillard Place receives Pathway to Potential funding for our youth and teen programs. Since the COVID shutdown happened in March, our staff have been able to continue reaching out to our program participants with ‘door drop’ packages that include literacy work, crafts and activities as well as food packages. We recognize the difficulty many of our families face when it comes to buying healthier food and snacks for their children. The donation of gift cards will be greatly appreciated by our families,” said Kate Gibb, Executive Director of Drouillard Place.

Back in April at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Solcz Family Foundation and the Windsor Spitfires “Family”—led by the Schwab Family, Stephen and John Savage, along with Bob Boughner—came together to provide $200,000 dollars worth of gift cards that could be exchanged by families in need. It was an effort aimed at alleviating some of the early pressure on food banks and social distancing challenges. From there, the City and the WindsorEssex Community Foundation also stepped forward with funding, and in total, this partnership— which we called the “Families to Families Initiative”—brought forward $355,000.

The $100 gift cards are usable at any one of the 11 Loblaw’s family of grocery stores, including Zehrs, No Frills, and Real Canadian Superstores.

See our video, Drouillard Place and Unemployed Help Centre Gift Cards (YouTube).

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