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CUPE 1263 donates 'everyday essentials' to Niagara Region's community support agencies

WELLAND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 18, 2015) - On Monday, December 21, long-term care workers, retirement homes workers and community support workers from the Niagara Region, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1263, will donate hundreds of 'everyday essentials' to seven local community support agencies that help the community's most vulnerable residents.

"Our members are front line workers who help seniors and retirees in long-term care homes. We fully understand the need and importance of 'everyday essentials' that provide a little comfort to all our lives," said Sue Schmidt, president of CUPE 1263. "That's why this holiday season, CUPE 1263 is donating hundreds of everyday personal products to community support agencies that help out our Region's most vulnerable residents."

Hundreds of bottles of shampoos, conditioners, soaps, body wash, deodorant, shaving gels, hairbrushes, along with hats, socks, mittens, gloves, head bands and children's specific products, such as bubble baths, detanglers and baby food, will be donated to seven local community support agencies in the Niagara Region. The seven recipient agencies are Open Arms Mission from Welland, Port Cares from Port Colborne, Rescue Shelter YWCA from St. Catharine's, Woman's Place, Project Share from Niagara Falls, Wish House from Welland and Arid House in Fort Erie and Thorold.

"These agencies provide a very important service to our community and we hope our contribution of 'everyday essentials' will provide a little everyday comfort, not only for the holiday season, but all through the year," continued Schmidt.

CUPE 1263 represents over 1,600 long-term care, retirement and community support workers in the Niagara Region. They work in long-term care facilities at Deer Park Villa and Suites, Gilmore Lodge, Linhaven, Meadows of Dorchester, Northland Pointe, Rapelje Lodge, Upper Canada Lodge, Woodlands of Sunset; Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, Tufford Nursing Home and Manor, Valley Park Lodge and West Park Health Centre; retirement homes including, Lundy Manor, Plymouth Cordage and Shorthills Villa Retirement Community; and community agencies at Gateway Residential and Community Support Services of Niagara Inc. and Positive Living Niagara.

Sue Schmidt
CUPE 1263 President

James Chai
CUPE Communications
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