A Simcoe business wants to provide comfort to those that provide care.
Lisa Robinson, co-owner of My Top Drawer, has started the Comfort for Caregivers campaign.
This campaign provides a gift bag of items from the store to healthcare providers in the community.
Robinson spent some time after non-essential stores were closed in Ontario thinking about how she could make an impact for those around her.
“How could we impact frontline workers, people that are in our thoughts everyday,” Robinson said was her mindset.
One of Robinson’s suppliers, Mey Lingerie, contacted her about a similar project in Chicago that was started by another lingerie shop.
“My supplier told me about the project, because she knows what we’re like and that we’re community minded, she knew it would be something that we would be interested in doing,” said Robinson.
Mey Lingerie donated 70 units toward filling the gift bags to get My Top Drawer started with the campaign.
Robinson and a select few of her friends are also going through the My Top Drawer inventory and have been given access to the Dolmor Salon next door as extra space to spread out and package the gifts.
The first stop on Robinson’s list to receive the gift bags was the workers at Anson Place in Hagersville.
“We chose Anson first because they’re so hard hit, and so incredibly devastated,” said Robinson. “We chose that to be the first place to give a bag of care.”
Other retirement homes, hospitals, and health facilities in the area are on the list of places she hopes to be able to drop off care packages.
There are bags for male and female nurses, personal support workers, paramedics, and cleaning staff working in hospitals or nursing homes.
The bags include items such as pyjamas, robes, boxer shorts, sleep pants, and other comfy items. The retail value of the bags is above and beyond the $50 sponsorship fee. The packages are being put together by size from small to 3X.
To help support the campaign you can visit the My Top Drawer website and select the item titled “Comfort for Caregivers Campaign Show you care.”
A single donation is $50 plus tax, but a higher quantity of donations can be selected.
Donors can remain anonymous or they can leave their name and a note for the recipient of the gift.
There are plans in the works to add an extra button if a donor wants the gift bag to go to a specific healthcare worker instead of just one at random.
Robinson said she would appreciate being able to send out another 100 bags to caregivers.