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Caesars Windsor employees warm up those in need – winter apparel gathered + $2,500 donated to Street Help

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Windsor, ON – Today is one of the coldest days this winter, with temperatures hovering -10° F for the high and dropping to a bitter -20° F for tonight’s low. Thanks to Caesars Windsor employees Heather McAuley, Beverage Server, Ann Marie Kneale, Beverage Supervisor, Ruth-Ellen Wilson, Beverage Manager and their co-workers, there will be dozens of Windsorites who will find some relief from the frigid temperatures. Today they stopped by Street Help, a volunteer-run homeless shelter on Wyandotte St. E., Windsor, to drop off a large bin full of new, gently used and handmade winter apparel as well as a $2,500 cash donation from Caesars Windsor’s Corporate Giving program.

Street Help was one of a handful of locations that benefited from McAuley’s group’s efforts to provide hats, scarves, mittens and coats to those in need. Throughout February, collection bins were available for employees to make donations of new, gently used or handmade items. They have already made drop offs of the collected items to several non-profit organizations and charities including The Downtown Mission, schools and placed some in parks where the homeless might congregate.

McAuley said, “On the drive into work, I see people at bus stops, outside homeless shelters, kids walking to school, without proper clothing in these awful temperatures. I always keep a pair of new gloves or hat and scarf in my car, and give them to someone I might pass by and need them.” A philanthropist at heart, she wanted to help in a bigger way and decided to recruit her fellow co-workers.

“We’ve gotten a great response,” she said. From Facebook, her efforts caught the eye of a primary grade Knitting Club at Christ the King school, who also donated handmade hats and scarves by their students.

Wilson and Kneale were very supportive and helped to promote the campaign in their department. “It’s something small we can do to help people out,” Kneale said.

Kevin Laforet, Regional President and CEO Caesars Windsor, said, “I am very proud of our employees’ efforts to make a difference and help those in need. They continually participate en masse in fundraisers and volunteer their time to generously give back whether it’s serving meals at shelters, donating to the United Way or rowing in the Dragon Boats for a Cure.”

McAuley said, “If you don’t have money, you have time. And that’s what I try to do. Give my time to help those in need.”