Last month we launched our Frontline Worker Appreciation Gift in an effort to say thank you to those who are braving the pandemic in order to protect their communities every day. In the spirit of showing love to our frontline heroes, we’ve decided to highlight some other Canadian companies who have been giving back to those who have been working tirelessly to keep us safe.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Scotiabank Place was once an iconic Toronto event venue, but over the past couple of months it has transformed into a kitchen that prepares 10,000 meals a day for frontline workers and their families. MLSE, who owns the arena, plans to keep the kitchen running until at least mid-June. They are working closely with many food producers and suppliers such as Sobeys, Sysco, Maple Lodge Farms, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Maple Leaf Foods, McCain Foods, and many more to make and deliver the meals.
Outdoor brand Arc’Teryx has joined many clothing manufacturers in creating protective gear for medical first responders. In April they pledged to source and manufacture 90,000 surgical gowns for BC hospitals.
Odd Society Spirits
East Vancouver distillery Odd Society Spirits has switched from manufacturing craft batches of whiskey, vodka, and gin to producing hand sanitizer based on WHO’s approved recipe. The company has been prioritizing delivery of their hand sanitizer to frontline workers and non-profit groups that work with vulnerable populations.
North Brew Coffee, Oh So Good, Maker House Co.
These three Ottawa-based companies teamed up to deliver coffee, desserts, and thank you cards to frontline heroes at local hospitals as well as a local COVID testing facility.
Imperial Oil, Canada’s second-largest is lending a helping hand to nurses, paramedics, and doctors across Canada by sending out 80,000 $25 vouchers for gas. The offer is open from now until September 1st and can be obtained at https://healthcarehero.ca/.
Known for its revolutionary women’s intimate apparel, Knix has switched gears to help provide protective gowns, masks, and eyewear for medical professionals. The company has raised over $200,000 so far, which has gone toward sourcing over 100,000 PPE items for frontline workers so far. Hospitals and healthcare providers can sign up for their distribution list here.
We know that this list is just a few of the many Canadian companies that have stepped up to the plate to show appreciation or give back to our frontline heroes. Do you have a heartwarming story that comes to mind when we talk about companies giving back? Let us know in the comments!