Support from local businesses and families has helped keep spirits high at Streamway Villa

‘I continue to be so thankful to live in a small town that continues to show community support in such dark times,’ says LEC

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty says she and her co-workers at Streamway Villa are thankful for the gifts and acts of kindness the Cobourg long-term care home has received in recent weeks from local businesses, the community and residents’ family members.

One of the businesses that recently showed support for the Streamway Villa team is Puck-It, a local hockey development company, which donated eight $50 gift certificates from local businesses, including restaurants and sporting goods stores, to the Streamway Villa team.

Adam Holzmann, the owner of Puck-It, says his organization wanted to show support for Streamway Villa and Transition House, a Cobourg emergency shelter, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by donating gift certificates from local businesses.

This, he says, has the added benefit of supporting the local business community which has also faced challenges since the pandemic began in March.

Adam says Puck-It has been hosting a series of online conferences with local hockey players and coaches who were asked to make donations to help support local community causes. They chose to support Streamway Villa and Transition House.

Within the first five of these online meetings, Puck-It raised about $1,000 which was used to buy gift certificates from local businesses.

Christina says Streamway Villa has been raffling the gift certificates off to staff members every Friday.

“This is a great morale boost for some of those staff members who are putting in long hours,” Adam says of Streamway raffling the gift cards.

Many other businesses have been showing their support for the Streamway Villa team, Christina says.

A Tim Hortons outlet in Toronto donated coffee and doughnuts to the home one day, and Boston Pizza, JJ’s Steak and Burgers and Clark’s Variety in nearby Baltimore, Ont. have also dropped off food for the team.

Family members have been sending flowers, cards and decorative rocks to support the Streamway Villa team. Christina says the support from local businesses and families and has meant a lot.

“I continue to be so thankful to live in a small town that continues to show community support in such dark times,” Christina says is a social media post.

“On behalf of everyone at Streamway Villa LTC, thank you so much for your thoughtful kindness and appreciation.”

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