WELLAND — Operation Win-Win-Win has raised “over $10,000” in donations, organizer Paul Turner said in e-mail correspondence this weekend.
The initiative, which partnered with Hope Centre, asked Welland residents for their support during Christmas season. It got underway December 1 and continued for most of the month.
Turner described the successful outcome as a win for the vulnerable, local restaurants and Welland.
He came up with Operation Win-Win-Win as a way to provide assistance to restaurants and at the same time offer a hand up to people in need. Restaurants are going through hard times because of the pandemic and protocols in place because of it.
When making donations to Hope Centre, contributors were asked which restaurant they would like to support by means of a gift certificate.
“Our local restaurants have been strong supporters and advocates for our city. We realize the COVID pandemic has been a strain on many and we are asking those (people) who are financially able to help out at this time,” are the words of a promotional announcement at the start of the campaign.
The gift certificates will be purchased by Hope Centre staff this week, then will be distributed to local residents the following week.
“To everyone who donated we expect nothing less from the wonderful people who live in Welland, cheers. On behalf of Welland, thank you so much,” Turner wrote in the e-mail, confident the generosity of local folks would shine through as it has on many other occasions.
If anyone missed making a donation to Win-Win-Win, late contributions can be arranged by calling 289-686-5260.