MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—A charitable program created by an EllisDon employee in Ontario has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to support health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EllisDon project manager Russell Abelido started the Go Fund Me campaign Feed Our Heroes two months ago to raise funds and deliver prepared food or gift vouchers to Ontario health care workers in partnership with local businesses.
After weeks of fundraising, Feed Our Heroes has made deliveries to 52 institutions such as hospitals, retirement homes and long-term-care facilities, EllisDon reported May 26. The donations include 4,700 meals and over $200,000 in cash and other contributions.
“Feed Our Heroes started as a small initiative to show support to our front-line health care workers,” said Abelido. “It has organically morphed into a platform for everyone, including individuals and small and large businesses, to get involved to show that the entire community appreciates and salutes all the hard work and sacrifices our health care heroes have provided us.
“The community support has made things a little easier, even if it’s just momentary.”