Retailer Leon’s Furniture Limited recognizes its local roots to help those in need

Port Cares press release – Even though Covid-19 has impacted all aspects of the Canadian economy, major national businesses like Leon’s Furniture are making sure that families and children who are struggling to pay for food and housing during this pandemic get the help they need.

Leon’s Furniture Limited has made a $10,000 donation to Port Cares which the agency will use to keep its food bank, meal program and family support programs operating at the agency’s Reach Out Centre on Nickel Street in Port Colborne. Port Cares provides a host of social services including charitable programs like the food bank, lunch kits for school children and the meal program which do not receive any form of government funding but rely on donations and fundraising.

Leon’s Furniture started their family business in Welland more than a century ago in 1909 with many Leon family members continuing to live in the local area, including in Port Colborne. A company spokesperson said, “Leon’s Furniture and our company associates are proud and grateful to be in a position to provide this support to organizations like Port Cares who do so much for our community. Whenever possible, we can only hope that other companies or individuals recognize the great need to support those who help others.”

Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares explains, “While Covid -19 is driving up local families’ need for assistance, this virus has also meant the complete shutdown of our annual fundraising events which provide the income we need to run the Reach Out Centre and our charity programs. This generous donation from Leon’s Furniture comes at a time when we need support more than ever before. Our heartfelt thanks to Leon’s Furniture and the entire Leon’s family for continuing their legacy of compassion and caring.”

QUICK FACTS ABOUT PORT CARES REACH OUT CENTRE:

  • Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food Bank (ROFC) assists more than 1,500 individuals. A third of the people reliant on the ROFC Food Bank are children.
  • Port Cares does not receive government funding to run the Reach Out Centre Food Bank. Port Cares is a registered charity relying on donations and fundraising to operate the centre and provide supports to low-income families.
  • On average, 20,000 pounds of food is distributed through the Port Cares Food Bank each month.
  • The most needed food item donations for the food bank include canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, cereal, jam, baby food, formula and diapers, personal hygiene items.
  • Last school year the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre located at 61 Nickel Street, Port Colborne, provided 2,020 lunch kits and more than 12,000 lunches to local school-age elementary and secondary school children who live in low-income households.
  • Hot, nutritious community meals are served three times a week to families and individuals in need with more than 60 adults and children typically attending each meal. In winter months there will be nearly 100 clients attending at mealtime. Currently, there are 475 low-income adults and children registered for the meal program.

ABOUT PORT CARES ONLINE 50-50 DRAW

  • Port Cares launched an online 50-50 draw to help close the $125,000 revenue shortfall the agency is facing as a result of the cancellation of its fundraising events due to Covid-19.
  • Port Cares will be running four online 50-50 draws this next year in the hopes of raising $35,000 to $50,000 to fund the ROFC and family support services.
  • Tickets for the draw can be purchased online at www.portcares5050.ca with the first draw closing Thursday, September 10 at 6 p.m.