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Patients at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) and One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre will receive reusable masks as a part of the Smilezone Safe Smiles Campaign. Smilezone Foundation Founders Scott Bachly, New York Rangers great Adam Graves presented their donation to One Kids Place and North Bay Regional Health Care Centre during a media conference. Later in the day, they also donated masks to Wordplay Jeux de mots, NBRHC’s Preschool Speech and Language service in Sudbury.
“Smilezone Foundation’s commitment to supporting children in need remains steadfast through these unprecedented times and we are as focused as ever on helping children who are receiving medical care in hospitals and health care centres. While the pandemic has resulted in profound change, the need to support children facing medical challenges remains unchanged,” said Scott Bachly.
Smilezone has launched this new program in partnership with corporations and individuals to donate quality facemask to children within all of the health care centres they have partnered with across Canada. For every mask purchased Smilezone donates one to a child in need so they can keep smiling, safely.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have been grateful for the many ways our community and beyond have supported the needs of patients and families as well as frontline workers. This kind and thoughtful donation of masks for children – Safe Smiles campaign, will help families continue to be prepared and keep children smiling,” shared Paul Heinrich, President & CEO, NBRHC.
“It’s an honour to partner with an organization like SmileZone that truly lives its mission of making tough days a little brighter by harnessing the power of a smile. The global health crisis has required us all to think creatively to ensure the safety of our staff, our families and our community. The masks we received today through the Safe Smiles campaign will allow OKP to continue service delivery with an added element of fun at a time when it’s well needed,” shared Peter Chirico, Vice Chair, OKP Board of Directors.
Smilezone has installations at NBRHC’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit and Wordplay Jeux de mots, NBRHC’s Sudbury location, as well as two spaces at One Kids Place – Children’s Treatment Centre’s Nipissing site and The Sound Community Hug in Parry Sound where OKP is a building partner.