Riverside Foundation kicks off annual Christmas Campaign with Online Silent Auction

Press Release

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care Annual Christmas Appeal has hit the mail. 2020 has highlighted the need to support health care close to home now more than ever, and has given new meaning to being ‘home for the holidays’.

At a time when staying home has become so important, please join us in creating a more home-like environment for the residents of Rainycrest Long Term Care by raising funds to upgrade and improve the Activation Room.

Rainycrest has a strong activation program that has been developed to meet the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs of its residents. “The staff within the Rainycrest Activation department strives to provide high quality Resident Centered Care” said Taralee Morelli, Rainycrest Administrator. “The Activation Room updates to both environment and equipment will allow for Residents to safely move around the room and easily participate in activities they love to do.”


At present, the Activation Room is just a meeting room with tables. The current furniture has been well used, the window coverings are dated, and separate spaces for programs or conversations are not differentiated.

The planned upgrades include purchasing new furniture and window coverings, installing new lighting, adding green and flowering plants as well as a portable indoor garden plot, replacing the kitchen cupboards with accessible units and installing an accessible automatic door.

Those wishing to give can easily do so by filling out and returning their pledge card that is included in the appeal mailed out the week of November 16. If you did not receive an appeal in the mail, donations can be made by calling the Foundation Office at 274-4803, online at www.riversidefoundation.ca/christmas-appeal or by mailing in a cheque with a note in the memo that it is for the Christmas Appeal to 110 Victoria Ave, Fort Frances ON, P9A 2B7.

The Foundation is also excited to announce a brand new way to give this year through the Homemade Online Silent Auction. The auction will take place online by following the link found at www.riversidefoundation.ca/christmas-appeal from Dec 7-11. Items up for bid include an array of handcrafted, locally made or grown good and can be viewed online now. Online payment through PayPal for winning items it preferred, however offline payments can be arranged. Check off some of those hard to buy for people on your Christmas list, or get a gift for yourself, all while supporting health care close to home!