DOWNTOWN SURREY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FUNDS MEAL PROGRAM TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND HOSPITAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Association encourages residents wishing to join in to donate to ‘thank you heroes’ program
The Downtown Surrey BIA (DSBIA) has designed a rapid response program to help struggling restaurant businesses in it’s region at the same time saying thank you to the employees working long hours at Surrey Memorial Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We wanted to acknowledge the incredible work being done by hundreds of employees at Surrey Memorial Hospital,” says DSBIA Executive Director Elizabeth Model. “Surrey Memorial is the second largest hospital in the province, with the busiest Emergency Department. We know that the hundreds of employees of the hospital – the doctors, nurses, office/ support staff and cleaning crews, are working extremely long hours under very stressful conditions. Buying a meal for one of these incredible employees is a small way of saying thanks for their dedication to care provision.”
The meals will be purchased from participating restaurants in the hospital district, thereby supporting the struggling local businesses as well as thanking the hospital staff. “As a business organization we are searching for ways to support our businesses in a tangible way in this unprecedented time,” says Model. “So far we have two restaurants in the area surrounding the hospital who are set up for delivery, operate seven days a week and are committed to longer hours in order to service nighttime and early morning workers. We expect more restaurants to come on board as we move forward.”
The Downtown Surrey BIA is hoping that individuals and organizations who want to say thank you to the hardworking staff keeping the hospital running will contact one of the participating restaurants and purchase a $20 gift card. The gift card will be added the growing funds collected to feed the hospital staff on an ongoing rotation. If a tax receipt is required, please donate directly to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation https://surreyhospitalfoundation.com/covid19/ .
Participating restaurants include: