12 Ways of giving provides help for local charities

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It has been 280 days and counting since Ken and Bonnie Pratt began making some noise in support of health care workers during the COVIC-19 pandemic.

They started their noise making shortly after the pandemic hit and have kept it up ever since.

In a time of uncertainty, they decided to do a little more during the holiday season, and that included contributing to various local good causes.

They created a list of 12 local causes they are giving to and calling it '12 Ways of Giving 2020.'

“We've been banging pots for 280 days,” explained Ken Pratt. “Every night at 7:30. It started a few days after the shut-down was declared. We saw they were doing it in Italy for the health care workers and we thought it was a good idea. We started banging pots and reminding people to stay safe and keep the fight. Bonnie and I had decided for Christmas – we had a good year and we're blessed – we thought we'd give back, so we picked 12 charities in the area. We earmarked $2,100 to give away.”

Number four on the list of charities was a “You Deserve a Break” theme for workers at Simcoe Manor in Beeton.

For this event, Ken and Bonnie teamed with fellow Beeton area realtors, Christine Warren and Andrew Hertel.

They took the names of everyone who works at Simcoe Manor and placed their names in a draw.

The winner received coffee for a year at Tim Hortons in the form of gift cards – a $730 value - which they could used to literally have a free coffee every day or treat their co-workers.

The winner was Ann Poirier. The draw took place at the Manor on Friday, December 18, followed by several minutes of noise making.

“We've tried to go to each event, but some came to our house instead for privacy reasons,” Ken explained. “We offered them cash or gift cards. By giving them the gift cards, they can either go every day for a coffee or take a friend.”

It was a gesture to let health care workers know that people appreciate their efforts during this difficult time.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times