With the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped our world, good hygiene is more important than ever to stop the spread of infection. Even in Canada there are gaps that risk the spread of infectious diseases, especially within vulnerable communities.
The Canadian Medical Foundation is partnering with Soap for Hope in British Columbia to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Personal hygiene products are essential at any time, and they are even more important right now to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But vulnerable people and those living in remote communities may have trouble obtaining these products.
Before the pandemic our partner collected gently used or unused soap and hygiene products from the hotel and accommodation industry that would otherwise be discarded and fill our landfills. Volunteers would then reprocess these useable products to create Hygiene Kits which would be distributed to local shelters, transitional homes, food banks, low income seniors, and other vulnerable or remote communities.
The demand has never been greater from businesses, hospitals, community groups and remote indigenous communities but the supply of used product was drastically reduced with the temporary closure of most hotels. Soap for Hope was also unable to welcome their usual volunteers into the warehouse due to restrictions around COVID-19 and fears around all but essential gathering of groups. Soap for Hope has, therefore, had to resort to buying products that are often in short supply even in retail stores as consumers are stocking up. Hygiene products for all Canadians are more essential than ever.
CMF is proud to be partnering with Soap for Hope for the purchase and distribution of essential items for the communities of Grand Forks, Cowichan, and Comox British Columbia to help control the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. The products are quarantined for safety before they are delivered.
The virus anywhere can affect us all everywhere. Please consider donating towards our Stop the Gaps program and help us continue to work with partners to stop the spread of infection.