“The kids have had such a difficult year without going to school, without seeing their friends.”
Global News spoke to Burke during the process of creating two of the 400 falls ordered to date. He said he was inspired to bring the concept to Toronto after seeing a social media post from a man in the United States.
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With that in mind, Burke said he decided to start a fundraiser on a few local Facebook groups to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank – offering the scraps for a minimum donation of $ 25 to the Daily Bread Food Bank. .
“In two days, we received more than 400 responses. We had to shut it down. It was really our ability… the hits, the weather, everything. We are working on a short period before Halloween, ”he said.
Chutes, which attach to stair railings, are a simple yet effective way to dispense candy from a distance.
Burke takes long sections of tubing, paints the tubes orange, and wraps black tape on the outside. While standing at the top of the stairs, it allows residents to drop candy or snacks into the child’s bag below – meeting public health physical distancing guidelines and minimizing contact.
Health and government officials have encouraged people to think twice. But for those who choose to do so, it has been recommended that you limit the group size.
“If you choose to date something or a treatment, only date members of your immediate household,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Waterloo Region recently.
“Move away physically and wear a face mask with anyone outside your immediate home. “
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, echoed Wang’s comments.
“Foodies and people who hand out candy should wear a face mask, not a costume mask,” she explained.
“A costume mask is not a substitute for a face mask and should not be worn over a face mask. ”
Wang encouraged those who dispense candy not to leave the treats in a bowl for anyone to grab hold of and to dispense treats with tongs or a similar tool. She also suggested that parents remind their children to take their turn, observing the two-meter physical distance guideline, when collecting candy before quickly moving on to the next house.
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Meanwhile, even though Burke has said he doesn’t have the capacity to make extra scraps, he is hopeful people will still consider donating to food banks.
“They really need the money right now. It’s a really tough time for them, ”said Burke.
“The lines have been really huge for them.”
According to the campaign donation site, more than $ 5,100 of the $ 10,000 goal was raised for Daily Bread Food Bank.
– With files from Kevin Nielsen
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