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Simcoe Manor has been under lockdown with very strict protocols since COVID-19 made its way into the home at the start of the month.
Residents have been confined to their rooms with limited human contact apart from seeing the staff.
In an effort to assist Simcoe Manor through these trying times, Beeton resident Robyn Caruana reached out to the staff to see how she could help.
“They told me there are several residents who have no electronics in their rooms… some of them don't have a TV or a radio, so they have nothing,” she said. “In speaking with the Manor, they said that there were 60 people who were in need."
After hearing this early last week, Caruana started a fundraiser on her personal Facebook Page to purchase 60 clock radios for $1,200 and within two days she reached her goal.
“It was amazing, I had friends from B.C who had no connection to Beeton apart from me who sent money,” she said.
Caruana said she was blown away by how quickly she reached her goal, which she attributes to her wide online platform, being involved with the Tottenham Beeton Chamber of Commerce and as a local business owner.
“It makes me feel better to know that I'm making a difference even if it's in little tiny gestures,” she told The Times.
The 60 clock radios were delivered on Saturday and Simcoe Manor staff were thrilled to get them distributed to residents.
Caruana said while she doesn't know anyone personally who resides at the Manor, it's a vital part of the community, that really needs support during this time.
"[These are] our neighbours' parents and grandparents who are living there, the people who use to live in our homes before us. Those who built this great community that we live in now are living in the Manor in their later years,” she noted.
“They are stuck in their room, they are being tray-fed to their rooms, not interacting with very many people, it's just heartbreaking… it really tugged at my heart strings.”
Caruana encourages other members of the community to reach out to Simcoe Manor as well during this time and see how they can support the facility through their COVID-19 outbreak.
"It's the little things sometimes that go a long way,” she smiled.
By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
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