Amazon Canada delivered a $10,000 cheque and boxes of household and personal care items to the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society just in time for the holidays. Along with Wednesday’s donation, Amazon Canada committed to deliver more goods to WECAS in 2023.
“We’re happy to support a partnership with Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation,” said Brooks Barnett, manager of economic development at Amazon. “For us this is a no brainer.
“The great work that is being done here by everybody on the team matches our commitment to lifting communities and that’s what you can expect from Amazon in Windsor moving forward.” Cheryl Sprague, president of the WECAF board of directors, said the foundation is very appreciative to Amazon Canada for selecting the local children’s aid society as their charity this holiday season and beyond.
“The impact of the donations that they will provide to children, youth and families that the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society supports will be immense,” Sprague said. “Our families and youth struggle with many challenges. This partnership with Amazon will serve to decrease the financial and emotional burden for many.”
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens was scheduled to join the gathering of Windsor councillors, chamber of commerce president Rakesh Naidu, society staff and others for the presentation but he was delayed in arriving back from a business trip to South Korea.
Coun. Mark McKenzie spoke on behalf of the mayor, saying he sent his heartfelt thanks. “CAS does so much to help local families,” McKenzie said. “Especially at Christmas time, it’s a hard time for many. “And Windsor is definitely the city of giving — not only residents but also our many unions definitely support local residents.
We know that Amazon is going to be a great partner for that for years to come.” The partnership with the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Foundation is Amazon’s first in Windsor. An Amazon delivery station is slated to launch in Windsor in 2024.
Story and Photos: Julie Kotsis/Windsor Star