Niagara Falls Community Steps Up: Donations flood in during COVID-19 crisis

There is perhaps nothing more inspiring than people lifting one another up during a time of need.  This is exactly what is happening in Niagara Falls.  In addition to hundreds of kind acts, including anonymous doorstep drop-offs of flowers, food and supplies, homemade baking or grocery deliveries to people who are quarantined, and rainbows and teddy bears in windows for children to see, there have been some significant financial gifts bestowed upon our community.  

John McCall MacBain, former Niagara Falls resident, who helped name our MacBain Community Centre in honour of his parents was in close contact with our community over the past week to make donations from an emergency fund that was created through the McCall MacBain Foundation.  This sizeable donation to our community made last week went to three very deserving charities that are serving our fellow residents who are in need during this time.  In many cases, the efforts of these organizations have had to expand to meet growing needs in the days and weeks to come of many more numbers of people finding themselves challenged at this time.   

  • Project SHARE was the recipient of $125,000 which will support their food bank and services to the community.  This donation will help stock the shelves of many items that were running low, and allows them to purchase larger bulk items that can serve the most vulnerable.
  • Niagara Falls Community Outreach “The Soup Kitchen” has been given $25,000 that will serve to further fulfil bagged lunches that are being given out daily during front-door pick up times to more than 100 people per day.
  • YWCA Niagara received $100,000 to enhance their efforts to continue providing shelter services to those in need of shelter, housing and social supports during this time. 

"I have immense gratitude for the incredible work each of these organizations is doing on the frontlines. Having grown up in Niagara Falls, I feel it’s important to help those who are most vulnerable in my home community during this difficult time. Through our Foundation, Marcy and I are pleased to be able to extend our support to our local communities through this crisis.”

- John McCall MacBain

“What we are so grateful for is that John McCall MacBain continues to have a place in his heart for Niagara Falls.  We are overwhelmed with the gifts that he and his wife, Marcy, and their Board have given to our community in this time of need.  These donations will not only help to see these organizations through this challenging time, but help them prepare for the uncertain weeks and months ahead as they support our most vulnerable neighbours and families.” 

- Jim Diodati, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls

Along with the donations from the McCall MacBain Foundation, many other businesses and donors have come forward at this time to support others and make a difference, including:

  • Destination Niagara raises donations of $20,000 to be put toward Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare professionals in Niagara. 
  • Evertrust Development Group donates $20,000 to Project SHARE.
  • Marineland Canada donates more than 2000 masks to community organizations.
  • Signature Signs donates 200 masks to local retirement residence.
  • Johnny Rocco’s donates more than 3,000 hot pizzas on-site for health care and front line workers.
  • Pattison Outdoor donates printing, installation and ad space to share critical community messaging on billboards, bus shelters and beyond.
  • Vann Advertising donates mobile sign-truck to share important community messages in high visibility locations.
  • Niagara Industrial Organization raises $110,000 for Niagara Health Foundation for COVID-19 hospital equipment.
  • Rotary Club of Niagara Falls contributes $3000 to purchase personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers at Salvation Army Eventide Home.

Mayor Diodati believes that this has been a true community effort that involves everyone looking out for one another.  “What we have seen in Niagara Falls is an outpouring of support for others.  Anyone who can help, is helping.  Even businesses that are struggling to stay afloat are using the resources they have to share with others.  This is making all of us stronger as we look to one another for support and a hand-up.  From the bottom of our hearts, to everyone reaching out, we thank you.” 

For more information, or to speak with Mayor Diodati contact:

Carey Campbell
Manager, Office of the Mayor and CAO
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905 356 7521 ext. 4206
Cell:  905 380 4594
Email: [email protected] 

Posted on: 4/16/2020 3:31 PM - Category: Media Releases