CCRA’s Lori Gagnon presents the first cheque to Stacey Centre staff with a two-metre distance.

By Kathy McGrath

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a severe toll on residents in Ontario’s longterm care homes. About 75 percent of the province’s fatalities have occurred there with more than 650 deaths. Those battling the disease are being cared for and comforted by exhausted healthcare staff in the absence of family members. It is a sobering situation.

CCRA is taking action by providing financial assistance to the Tony Stacey Centre, our local long-term care facility on Lawson Rd., to help them keep the coronavirus at bay. We started out by giving them a donation for $1,260 to buy washcloth warmers.

We are following that up with a community fundraising campaign to purchase 10 point-of-care kiosks, which the Stacey Centre identified as one of their highest needs. The kiosks aid in the fight against cross-contamination on patient charts, there’s less room for human error, and they allow staff more time for the important work of caring for residents.

CCRA has committed to matching all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 and we are asking for your help. Donations can be made online through our Canada Helps fundraising link or by cheque to Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care (mailing address: 59 Lawson Rd., Scarborough, ON M1C 2J1). This campaign runs until May 15.

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