It all started with a sign.
If you live around Fanshawe Park Road East you might have seen this sign. Emily Jackson and I live right across from the Fire Hall and we were thinking of a way we could say thank you to the Firefighters we see coming in and out of work every day. All the regular ways one might say thank you like baking cookies, knocking on the door and say hello, giving a handshake, or even dropping off some coffee and donuts have become impossible or something you just shouldn’t do because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so we decided to get a sign, something they could see every day to know that their neighbours were not failing to appreciate the sacrifices they are making and risks they are taking every day just by coming into work.
What we really didn't expect was to start receiving messages from people asking us if they could get a copy of the sign (full credit goes to Emily Jackson, her visual art skills are way better than mine)!
From there we thought it over and we decided that more than just saying thank you we wanted to do something for the community. The most prominent needs during this pandemic have been PPE, money, and food. With so many amazing people sewing PPE and the government support programs now in operation we felt there is little more we could do to contribute there.
But as the virus enters the peak phase and we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel, a shadow will once again be cast over the people who have been and will be most affected by COVID-19. The people who were already accessing community resources like the Food Bank before this began and who will need them even more as we leave one uncertain time for another.
With that in mind we set a goal of raising $2000 for the London Food Bank. We've secured a supply of signs and are selling them for $20 each with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Food Bank.
If you were already thinking about making a donation to help out those most in need this is your chance to do that while saying thank you to all the people who have risked (and will continue to risk) their health for us and our loved ones during this pandemic.
Charles Knott and Emily Jackson
May 22nd 2020 - read the CBC Article on Stay Safe Be Kind!
May 25th 2020 - As of today we are winding up our fundraiser for the London Food bank having raised over $7500.00! We are so incredibily thankful to everyone who contributed - thank you so much!
But we aren't done!
This has become our informal catch phrase for Stay Safe be Kind. We have had such an incredible amount of community support over the past few weeks and with other charitable initiatives in our area needing support we've decided to start something new with our Grad Signs.
Our goal is to raise money for the Thames Valley Education Foundation while giving London and area residents a way to say thank you to the people who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and helping give the community a way to celebrate the class of 2020!
100% of the proceeds from Stay Safe Be Kind go directly to the Thames Valley Education Foundation's Caring Fund
All signs ordered within the London Area will be delivered by contactless drop off.