Port Cares receives $10,000 in Sobey’s Gift Cards donated by mystery shopper

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Port Cares press release – Last Friday afternoon (Apr. 17/2020), $10,000 donation of gift cards for Port Cares Reach Out Centre was purchased at the Port Colborne Sobey’s location by an anonymous community member.

It is unknown whether this donation was made in response to the “donor challenge” proposed by another anonymous donor a few weeks ago, who issued the challenge looking for a response from others, aiming to reach $20,000 by the end of the month of April, but it certainly rings true to the goal of the challenge; to make a commitment to keep the fridges and shelves at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre food bank full through the COVID 19 crisis.

“It was just really nice to receive a phone call from the same person who donated last year $5,000 to Port Cares, they realized Port Cares was currently in need and they wanted to help out. They said they wanted to help out again and they wanted to offer $10,000 this time, and that’s all I can say…their generosity is amazing, to help out you guys and everyone in the community,” said Grant Jennings, Sobeys Port Colborne

“Thanks to an incredibly generous community, and continued demonstrations of support like this anonymous $10,000, we are hopeful the Reach Out Centre will be able to keep up with the community need.” Port Cares Executive Director Christine Clark-Lafleur remarks, “We know through the random acts of kindness such as this donation, our supporters recognize the importance of having access to food security support locally, and also understand it is an on-going effort to keep the Reach Out Centre in operation.”

This $10,000 will be used to keep the foodbank and meal program well-supplied in order to meet the community need which is expected to increase as individuals and families continue to feel the effects of the pandemic through job loss, and other financial impacts.

In lieu of a number of fundraising activities and events that would normally happen this time of year, these donations are crucial to secure the needed funds to run the Reach Out Centre. Fundraising and donations keep the food bank, crisis services, meal program and other vital services up and running, at a critical time.


E – transfer: E-transfers donations can be made by sending to donations@portcares.ca, please put your mailing address or email in the comment section for tax receipts.

By Mail: Cheques can be made payable to Port Cares and mailed to Port Cares at 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, L3K 3E1