Pictured (L to R): Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt, Anson Place recreation volunteer Wesley Devries, Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Residents of Anson Place in Hagersville are the first beneficiaries of a new initiative launched by Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt and Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp.

It’s likely the first good news the home has received since COVID-19 hit.

On Tuesday, the two mayors made their first delivery of 10 iPads, headsets and iPad cases to the long term care home, where they were received in the parking lot by recreation volunteer Wesley Devries.

The iPads will be used by volunteers and staff to keep residents engaged and connected with family and friends.

“We reached out to a few businesses with the idea of donating iPads and headsets to our long term care residents and were absolutely amazed at the response,” said Hewitt.

“What started with bringing a couple of iPads has grown to over 60 iPads and 200 headsets.”

Hewitt noted that the biggest hurdle was actually acquiring the iPads due to increased demand, but the first shipment arrived and more are on the way.

Initial contributions from Empire Communities, Losani Homes, Ballantry Homes, Pattern Energy and the McKeil Family Foundation helped get the program off the ground.

“The outpouring of community support we’ve received is incredible. From making masks to donating medical supplies, PPE, iPads and everything in between, residents and businesses have truly stepped up to support one another. It’s the Haldimand way,” Hewitt added.

“Now more than ever, it’s important to keep in touch with loved ones – especially those who live in long-term care homes, who can’t see visitors in person right now,” said Chopp.

“It brings me great joy to know these deliveries are helping to connect seniors with their families during such a difficult time.”

The goal is to bring iPads to all long-term care residences in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. Hewitt encourages anyone who is willing to assist in securing either funds or iPads to contact him directly at mayor@haldimandcounty.on.ca.