Virtual fundraiser nets $1,500 for Frost Manor residents’ council

Support from families, local businesses and staff helped make the event successful, says LEC

Thanks to the support and generosity of residents’ families, family council and the local community, more than $1,500 was raised for Frost Manor’s residents’ council during the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s annual Christmas fundraiser.

The success of the fundraiser was quite a feat for Frost Manor, since the event had to be hosted virtually.

Every holiday season the home hosts a Christmas crafts sale to raise money for the residents’ council. However, due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the crafts sale was replaced with a gift-card raffle – an idea the family council came up with during a video meeting.

Family members donated gift cards to the fundraiser as did many businesses in the area, including Canadian Tire, Food Basics, Garry’s Garden Gallery, Boston Pizza, Domino’s Pizza and Home Hardware.

Raffle tickets were sold, and the gift cards were raffled off in a draw. All money raised has been put into the residents’ council fund.

“We didn’t purchase a single gift card, it was all donations,” Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton tells The OMNIway.

“And it was all done virtually. If we had to do any ticket pick-ups or drop-offs, they were socially distanced.”

Lyndsay says the “ticket ambassadors” – Frost Manor staff members who helped sell the raffle tickets – played a big part in making the fundraiser successful.

“With the lockdown, they weren’t able to sell to as many people as they normally would, but they were still able to sell to their family and friends,” she says.

The residents’ council fund helps pay for outings and in-house entertainment. Since such events could not be held for much of 2020 due to the pandemic, the council fund has been growing, Lyndsay says.

And the residents are eager to spend the money once they can, she adds.

“When (the pandemic) is over, we will have a big celebration.”

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