Local Heroes: Your Fundraisers Are Helping Us Fight COVID-19


June 25, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Toronto, we have been blown away by the generosity and creativity demonstrated by our community as you rallied around our frontline workers. Whether you donated, shared our social posts, or created your own fundraisers for us, thank you.

These are some of the amazing fundraisers that are helping us in the fight against the coronavirus:

George and Andrea: Empties For Good

George and Andrea started a bottle drive in support of Humber’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in their home driveway. Their initiative Empties for Good quickly grew when they were donated a storage unit from Safe Storage Depot on Wilson Avenue. In one month they collected more than 28,000 empty bottles for Humber River Hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund!

The Beer Store

After the success of Empties for Good, The Beer Store was inspired to continue fundraising for Humber River Hospital. Nine Beer Store locations have stepped up to continue the work that George and Andrea started.

(Psst! This bottle drive is still going until September 7th, 2020. If you’d like to donate your empties in support of Humber River Hospital please visit one of the following locations: 323 Symington Ave, 529 Oakwood Ave, 1718 Wilson Ave, 1735 Kipling Ave, 250 Wincott Dr, 2568 Finch Ave W, 2153 St. Clair Ave, 2625A Weston Rd, and 81 Billy Bishop)

Gisella: Trash for Treasure

After Gisella’s father contracted COVID-19 in March, he spent two months on a ventilator in Humber’s Intensive Care Unit. He is now breathing on his own as he continues his recovery at Humber River Hospital. As a way to say thank you to the healthcare team caring for her dad, Gisella started Trash for Treasure. For every $100 donated to her Personal Fundraising Page, Gisella picks up a bag of garbage along the Humber River Recreational Trail. She has already picked up over 50 bags of garbage in support of the Humber Frontline Support Fund, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down!

Jon: Local McDonald’s Restaurants Owner

Jon is a local McDonald’s franchise owner in the same neighbourhood as Humber River Hospital, so when COVID-19 hit he knew he wanted to give back to the frontline workers in his community. In addition to generously donating over 600 McDonald’s breakfasts to the teams at the Church and Finch Reactivation Care Centres, Jon has also fundraised at his restaurants, asking Drive Thru customers to donate $1.00 to the Humber Frontline Support Fund during May and June.

John and Carson: Fundraiser for Personal Protective Equipment

Two students from Upper Canada College, John & Carson, were inspired to start a fundraiser to help raise funds for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Humber River Hospital after learning about the PPE shortage. They worked hard to spread awareness through their friends and family and reached their fundraising goal! Their victory caught the attention of Brian Bowes from Raymond James, who generously stepped in and matched their donation for double the impact!

Personal Fundraising Pages

Between April to June, we were honoured to see 20 new Personal Fundraising Pages set up! This included fundraisers for the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the Humber Frontline Support Fund, and In Memory pages raising funds for the Hospital in honour of the passing of a loved one. Many of you even surpassed your fundraising goals, like Jennifer who fundraised for the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in honour of her brother and sister-in-law who are  first responders.