COVID-19: Delta gets behind those on the front lines

As Deltans hunker down for the long haul of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are also cognizant of helping those in need and thanking those who are sacrificing so much to ensure our health and safety.

In the past few weeks, the community has been rallying in many ways. There have been donations of food and drink to Delta Hospital staff, including pizzas from Mario’s Kitchen in Tsawwassen and Panago in Ladner. Ladner’s Boca Grande Donut Shop and Stir Coffee House also donated donuts and coffee to hospital staff.

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The Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation is now handling all donations to the hospital, so email info@dhfoundation.ca or call 604-940-9695 to coordinate.

Deltassist has received lots of support from its volunteers to ensure that its Shopping for Seniors program continues.

Last Friday volunteers from Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon’s office helped deliver grocery hampers, while Mary Ann Burrows from the Burrows Foundation has offered to give Deltassist $1,000 a month in non-perishable goods through Jarry’s Market until the end of the crisis. That money will be used to provide emergency food bags.

Other businesses are also doing what they can to help.

Elliot Graham, owner of Mark’s at Tsawwassen Commons, donated a shipment of 180 N95 respiratory face masks to Delta Hospital last Friday.

Businesses in North Delta have also been trying to help hospital frontline staff as well, including Tasty Indian Bistro, which donated meals for the Surrey Memorial ER staff.

And residents in South Delta have joined the movement, Cheer for Health Workers & Essential Service Workers, which has popped up in Vancouver and other parts of the world. Every night at 7 p.m. residents are encouraged to step outside on their own balconies, patios, roofs or sidewalks to erupt in cheers and applause to salute the hard-working health care workers on the front lines.

The hashtag #clapfordoctors on Twitter and Instagram shows this is happening around the world at designated times.

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