Come Together

The Beatles had it right! With everything going on right now, we could all use a little help from our friends.

We CAN come together, right now, to support our community.

 

The Barrie Food Bank provides needed assistance to those in our community who require it most.

Our Food Bank is 100% funded and supplied by the community.

We realize that there are many people who may not have much to spare right now – that’s totally okay! If you do find yourself in a position where you’re able to help, that would be wonderful. Any contribution will make a huge difference and help ease the burden this terrible time will impose upon the community around you.


There’s also The Sharing Place Food Centre in Orillia.

The Sharing Place Food Centre is a community-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Orillia area residents living with food insecurity.


 

And don’t forget about other non-profit organizations in our community that are being impacted right now.  Consider an organization close to you that could also use your support, like the Women & Children Shelter of Barrie, Youth Haven Barrie, RVH Foundation and the Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Click on the images below to find out more and consider making a donation if you can.

               

 


We want to hear about, and share how you are supporting the community, either as a business or an individual!

Click the link below to see how local businesses are helping serve the community in their way – and if you run a business you can tell us what you’re doing at this link too!


HEALTH SECTOR DONATIONS

Municipal and health partners in Simcoe and Muskoka are working together to collect donations from local businesses, organizations or individuals of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies!

They’ve posted a list of new and unused items they are looking for as donations:

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Face shields, protective goggles or safety glasses
  • Nitrile gloves (latex-free)
  • Reusable or disposable gowns
  • Medical thermometers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes with a DIN# or with bleach cleaner
  • Hand soap

To donate, email EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org. They will not be accepting donations at any of their offices.

All donations will be collected in central depots in Simcoe and Muskoka, and will be issued to local health care providers in order of priority. They will arrange pick-up or delivery of your donated items with you.

For more information click HERE.


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Need an excuse to get outside and be active, while physically distancing from others?
April is #EarthMonth and we’d like to clean up our community! Since you’re home is probably clean already (too much free time and all), we’re asking you to get outside and clean this beautiful planet we live on.
Take a picture/video of you or your kids picking up at least 20 pieces of garbage (make sure to wear the proper gear like gloves), post it on social media, tag us and use #cometogether to get featured on our website!
Then nominate 3 other people to take part in the physically-distanced community clean up!

 

As an individual, tell us below (and add a photo if you can), how you’re coming together to support those in your community.

We’ll be sharing your stories ON AIR, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages!

We want to celebrate coming together as a community, and give you the recognition you deserve for stepping up supporting each other in a time where we need community the most!

Now…for some more Beatles puns to brighten your day:

  • Yesterday, all our troubles seemed so far away…but things have changed quickly!
  • Unfortunately, right now I DON’T Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You…via FaceTime
  • I expect daily dog photos…Eight Days A Week!

Come Together

Kyle Silveria, salesman at Barrie Volkswagen, has gained the support of his employer to host a parade of vehicles to drive by the RVH on Monday April 6th to show their appreciation for hospital staff. Vehicles will meet in the North Barrie Crossing Shopping Centre parking lot at 6:30PM and will head to the hospital at 7:00PM. Motorists participating in the parade will be asked to follow rules including: no honking, staying in the left lane and obeying traffic lights and street signs.


The City of Orillia will be giving $10,000 of its COVID-19 community assistance funds to the Sharing Place Food Centre to assist individuals and families in need. This money will be used to by necessary items needed to fill its hampers. City staff will be assisting in delivering the hampers to residents.


The Barrie Colts will be prepping and delivering meals courtesy of The Horsepower Sports Bar & BBQ kitchen to local services such as The Barrie Food Bank, David Busby Centre, Salvation Army and the Women and Children’s Shelter. The money raised from the Colts 50/50 ticket sales will be used to purchase food needed for these meals. Barrie Colts President, Howie Campbell, thanks sponsors No Frill’s and Zehrs Supermarkets for their generous food donations and Rockbrune Movers and AMJ Campbell for donating boxes to package and deliver the meals.

Orillia toy store Jack and Maddy is helping make quarantine birthdays as special as can be. Contact them if you have a birthday kiddo and they will make sure the perfect birthday surprise is delivered to your doorstep! Just let them know a bit of info about the child and your price range. A customized package is put together and a picture is sent back for approval. The gift is then delivered at a designated time, to make your child’s special day extra special, even if they can’t be with their friends!


We are seeing a lot of used gloves being thrown on the ground as people try and avoid contaminating their cars. Men In Kilts are out there keeping our community clean by picking up used gloves and debris in parking lots around the city. Send a message to dkerwin@meninkilts.com or 705-305-5034 if you know of an area that needs some TLC.

Men In Kilts


Redline Brewhouse in Barrie Ontario will not only be functioning as a brewery, but will be manufacturing hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic! With help from the World Health Organization and Fast Track Packaging, they will be producing sanitizer for local medical supply companies and hospitals. But don’t worry, they’re still making delicious beer for us to enjoy!


Tom Aikins, regional manager for Barrie’s Delta Bingo and Gaming, dropped off 4,000 nitro gloves, hand-sanitizer products, dispensers and refills to Barrie police.


William Street is showing their support for health-care workers at Royal Victoria Health Centre (RVH). Every evening at 7:30pm, neighbours make noise, bang pots and pans, and just make a big racket to say THANK YOU to those putting themselves potentially at risk to keep others safe! For more on the story, click HERE!


Bradford resident Shanna Brander has sewn over 100 masks for front-line workers! Check out the full story HERE!


Back 2 Basics Tattoo & Barber in Angus donated much needed Personal Protective Equipment to protect Stevenson Memorial Hospital’s front-line staff while they care for our community.


Scholarly Elite Tutoring of Barrie is offering free on-line math tutoring with a qualified mathematics tutor:

To help teens and families during the COVID-19 quarantine Scholarly Elite Tutoring will be live-streaming interactive high school math lessons and Q&A sessions at www.FreeMathHelp.ca every Thursday from 1-6 p.m.


The Barrie Police wish to thank Troy Scott of Foodland Stroud for donating 2 cases of hand sanitizer to keep our officers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your kindness is overwhelmingly appreciated. 

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