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Platinum Pro-Claim hosting drive for shelters Friday

By Don Fennell

Published 3:15 PDT, Wed July 8, 2020

Last Updated: 5:15 PDT, Wed July 8, 2020

Platinum Pro-Claim Restoration is again reaching out to support the community.

In April, the company stepped up to collect donations of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and others on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Now, it is helping address declining support for women’s shelters and transition homes with the first contactless donation drive Friday (July 10).

COVID-19 Women’s Initiative is overseeing the drive to help women in challenging circumstances that are further heightened by the pandemic. Supplies from the drive will be donated to local women’s shelters and transition homes.

To lend a hand, drop off donations at Platinum’s Surrey location at 102-18651 52nd Ave., or at its Richmond (13880 Mayfield Pl.) or Vancouver locations (505 Burrard St.) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The initiative is a non-profit, student-led organization of medical students, physicians and community members across Canada. Founded by two medical students in Toronto, it has expanded to five Canadian cities with more than 200 volunteers—the majority also medical students.

Further, the drive is supported by Hockey Hall of Fame and medical student Hayley Wickenheiser, who is urging businesses and individuals to donate sealed and unused personal protective equipment, toiletries, women’s clothing, household items, food, toys and art supplies.

“Donations to women’s shelters and transition homes have dropped considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many women and children without basic life-sustaining necessities,” Wickenheiser says. “Unfortunately, these services are needed now more than ever due to increasing financial hardships and gender-based violence.”

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