Port Cares Supporters take on Anonymous Donor Challenge and Exceed Goal by a Landslide

More than $61,101 in donated funds will support on going operation of Port Cares’ Reach Out Centre & Food Bank

NEWS RELEASE

Date of Issue:  May 1, 2020                                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Colborne, ON.:  The outpouring of generosity and support by individuals, families, organizations, service clubs and anonymous donors to Port Cares since April 7th has been unprecedented with the social services agency receiving $61,101since the morning of April 7th. On April 7th an anonymous donor gave Port Cares a personal donation of $2,500 with a challenge to other donors and a commitment keep the fridges and shelves at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food bank full through the COVID 19 crisis. The anonymous donor committed to returning to give another $2,500 to Port Cares for a total gift of $5,000 if donations reach $20,000 by end of business day April 30th.

“We tallied the results at 4 p.m. on April 30th and we are awed, humbled and so very grateful for this call to action to help those in need and this amazing response,” explains Port Cares’ Executive Director Christine Clark Lafleur.

She notes that additionally another anonymous donor also purchased $10,000 in grocery cards at the Port Colborne Sobey’s location for Port Cares’ Reach Out Centre staff to use to purchase food for food bank distribution and for the purchase of food supplied required to prepare nutritious meals for the agency’s meal program.

“We rely on fundraising and donations to operate our charitable, poverty relief services. With the directives in place quite rightly we cannot run our fundraising initiatives. We are also very mindful that there are and will continue to be economic challenges the longer the outbreak lasts. We are seeing new people coming to the food bank for help and are also seeing more individuals attending our meal program. The need for assistance is growing,” she adds.

The $20,000 challenge anonymous donor although wishing to remain anonymous for their contribution and inspiration said, “I’m so thrilled that our challenge was met with such generosity and concern. Port Colborne has much to be proud of during these difficult times. The wonderful efforts from the volunteers and staff at Port Cares are much appreciated by us all. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and everyone of you, as well as all those who made a donation during the challenge.”

Christine Clark Lafleur adds  that “The anonymous individual who launched this challenge has truly inspired us and as a result of their generosity and the generosity of all those individuals and organizations that have given to Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre we thank you for helping our agency serve so many in need.”

TO MAKE A DONATION

  • Website – Go to www.portcares.ca and click on the DONATE button
  • E – transfer: E-transfers donations can be made by sending to donations@portcares.ca
  • By Mail: Cheques can be made payable to Port Cares and mailed to Port Cares at 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, L3K 3E1

QUICK FACTS ABOUT PORT CARES REACH OUT CENTRE:

  • Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food bank (ROFC)assists more than 1,400 individuals. A third of the people reliant on the ROFC Food Bank are children.
  • On average 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the Port Cares Food Bank each month.
  • Most needed food item donations for the food bank include canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula and diapers, personal hygiene items.
  • Last school year the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre located at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne provided 2,020 lunch kits /more than 12,000 lunches to local school age elementary and secondary school children who live in low income households.
  • Hot, nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need  with more than 50 adults and children typically attend each meal. In winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at meal time.

ABOUT PORT CARES

  • (Port Colborne Community Association for Resource Extension) was established as a not-for-profit registered charity in 1986.  Port Cares is a not-for-profit community organization that provides development, employment, and support services to enhance the quality of life for individuals in Port Colborne, Wainfleet and the surrounding area. To learn more about our organization please visit www.portcares.ca