The Canadian Tire store on Wellington Road South in London. Photo from Google Maps. The Canadian Tire store on Wellington Road South in London. Photo from Google Maps.

Canadian Tire stores donate $30K to London hospitals

Four Canadian Tire stores in London have teamed up to give the London Health Sciences Foundation's COVID-19 response fund a $30,000 financial boost.

The stores on Dundas Street, Hyde Park Road, Wellington Road South, and Wonderland Road made the decision to give in light of the urgent need for a wide range of supplies and equipment for frontline health-care workers battling the virus.

"[Our stores] want to do whatever they can to help their community recover from this pandemic,” Shawn Domingues, Canadian Tire regional vice president for southwest Ontario and Atlantic Canada, said in a statement. “Their London community is at the heart of everything they do, and that holds true even during this time."

The COVID-19 response fund was created early last month as the London Health Sciences Centre began identifying what resources it needed to manage the pandemic. Money donated to the fund will go toward critical equipment, research, and mental health supports for front-line staff and caregivers.

"We are truly grateful for the support from Canadian Tire Corporation and the local franchisees during these unprecedented times," said John MacFarlane, president and CEO of the London Health Sciences Foundation. "Our community has truly stepped up and this gift reflects the overwhelming feeling of gratitude and appreciation for our front-line teams. Donations like this underscore how we are all in this together."

To date, $650,000 has been raised through the COVID-19 response fund.

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