The world is going through one of its most serious crises in decades. And, Barrie and Simcoe County are sharing the hardship. This is not the first time that we, as a community, have had to face crisis (May 31 is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Barrie Tornado) and unfortunately, it won’t be the last. The “Gratitude Project” sprung from one citizen’s desire to provide a comfort meal and a “thank-you” for front line health care workers at our regional hospital. It looked to find funding for 50 meals, and turned into more than 1400 – a community-wide outpouring of support that will now show our support for our hospital, but also for the paramedics and long term care workers on the front-line of our local fight against this pandemic.
The Barrie Community Foundation is taking over the “Gratitude Project”, and we ask, why stop there? Once we are over this initial period of isolation and separation, there will be individuals and organizations (the Food Bank, Shelters, even some small businesses) who will need help. And, unfortunately we will have to face these crises again in the future. Why not be prepared? So, our community foundation is going to complete the “Gratitude Project” by saying a thank-you to all those who are fighting for us. And, with your help, we will grow a fund that will be ready to establish a new footing as we emerge from Covid 19 and, if necessary and possible, to help us when we are called on to respond again.
A very generous member of our community has planted a seed for The Community Crisis Fund with a wonderful donation of $5000. Please help us say thank-you now to those who are working and risking so much, to help us out of this crisis, and to help us build a fund for tomorrow. If you would like to help us, click on the link and make your tax deductible donation.