Holiday Spirit at ESHC Teams Give Back To Local Community

December 24, 2020

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Erie Shores HealthCare teams across the hospital have made it a priority to give back to the community that has supported them over the last 10 months.


The Leamington Salvation Army and the Bridge Youth Resources Centre were the recipients of the 2020 holiday giving initiative from Erie Shores HealthCare. Staff and departments from across the hospital collected donations, non-perishable items and gifts for children and families in need this Christmas.


“One of our strengths as a hospital is our connection to Essex County. Our teams are rooted in the communities in which we all serve and as we all know, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. This year, we wanted to make sure we could give back to so many who have supported our teams over the course of the last 10 months. We are so proud of the staff for their efforts, despite the challenging times, to once again think of others in need.’ – Arms Bumanlag, Director of Public Relations and Communications, ESHC


Over the months of November and December - The Emergency Department at ESHC collected 1 ton of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Leamington Salvation Army’s food bank which helps families in need. Staff and departments from across the Hospital also participated in the Angel Tree initiative for local children in need. Staff bought gifts from tags on the tree with wishes from children locally.


Staff from across the hospital also collected non-perishable items for the Bridge Youth Centre over the last two months with 1 ton of food and toiletries collected for the organization.


“The Bridge is so grateful to Erie Shores HealthCare and the staff for their generosity and donations of essential needs. We continue to see youth who experience food insecurity and this is a wonderful initiative that will assist in ensuring our food pantry does not go bare.” – Krista Rempel, Executive Director, The Bridge Youth Centre


Gifts, food, and items were picked up by both organizations and will be used and distributed over the course of the holiday season.