When Anthony Angelis saw a post from Bradford resident Jeanny Salmon asking for donations of masks for staff at Bradford Valley Care Community, he felt compelled to help.
Salmon put a call for help asking residents to donate any face masks to Bradford Valley Care Community on Facebook earlier this week. Salmon’s mother lives at the facility and worries about her mom and other resients and staff contracting the virus after an outbreak of COVID-19 was announced last weekend.
Angelis is a superintendent at Innisfil Creek Golf Course. Every year, he usually orders plenty of extra personal protection equipment (PPE) for his staff who are responsible for spraying pesticides on their greens.
He had approximately 100 extra masks in his overstock that he brought to Salmon to donate to Bradford Valley Care Community on Thursday.
Angelis plans to order as much PPE as he can from his supplier so he can donate more to the home. Gloves, hazmat suits and more masks are what he is hoping to bring in on his next order. He added that with such high demand for PPE, supply is becoming scarce but will do his best to get “whatever I can get my hands on."
He noted that he would be paying for these supplies out of his own pocket in order to help out. Angelis, who lives in the Aurora area, said Bradford and Innisfil have been like a second home to him over the past five years while working at the golf club.
“The neighbours and local businesses have been so good to us during my tenure at Innisfil Creek Golf Club,” he said. “I was especially compelled to donate after hearing a personal friend and respected steward of community involvement had been spearheading an initiative to have masks donated.”
Angelis hopes more local businesses will also “do their part” in the fight against COVID-19 by donating any PPE they can to healthcare workers.