COVID-19: City of Toronto launches new DonateTO: COVID-19 portal to support pandemic relief efforts
(City of Toronto News Release Apr 15 2020)
Mayor John Tory announced the launch of the City’s DonateTO: COVID-19 portal which allows businesses and residents to make donations of products, services and funds in support of the City’s pandemic relief efforts. The City of Toronto is working hard to support everyone impacted by COVID-19 and there are many ways the community can support the relief efforts, including donations of personal protective equipment, other goods and services, food and financial gifts. All donations help the City, in coordination with our community partners to enhance much needed services and supports, especially for the most vulnerable and those who support them.
Residents and business wanting to help support the City’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts can visit www.toronto.ca/covid-19 to make their gift or find out more about volunteer opportunities.
Residents, business and academic institutions have already reached out to the City asking how they can help support Toronto’s front-line efforts. Over the last few weeks donations valued at more than $1.5 million have been received, including Hudson’s Bay’s donation of 2,117 units of cookware, dinnerware, towels and bed linens and mattresses with a value of $335,000 and Sleep Country Canada’s donation of more than $150,000 worth of mattresses, adjustable bases, bed frames, sheets, pillows and mattress protectors, both donated to the City’s Rapid Rehousing Shelter project. Additionally, personal care products and cleaning products for vulnerable residents valued at $330,000 from GlobalMedic in partnership with Procter & Gamble and more than 50,000 masks from Dr. Wong and the Stop Covid-19 volunteer group have also been received. The City’s Donation Coordination Task Force, led by the Toronto Office of Partnerships working closely with Emergency Operations Centre and Purchasing and Materials Management Division, will manage and allocate all donations under the guidance and direction of the City’s Senior Leadership Team. Any questions about donations can be directed to [email protected].