Used Restaurant Equipment from Canada Finds Charitable Second Life

What happens when kitchen equipment is replaced due to upgrades or once restaurant owners decide that they need greater capacity or new features? In Canada, a couple of charitable organizations have given new life to old kitchen equipment for charitable purposes.

The Fort McMurray Breakfast Club

One of the largest emergency evacuations of the 21st century was successfully conducted by Canadian officials and rescue crews in Fort McMurray, a city that was thoroughly devastated by a massive wildfire that destroyed nearly 2,500 homes.

Since mid-2016, the Fort McMurray community has undertaken the arduous task of rebuilding after the fire. Pembina Pipeline Corporation, one of the many oil drilling and servicing companies in the Alberta province has made an important contribution in this regard: a $20,000 donation to the Fort Mac Breakfast Club.

In late January, the CBC reported on the reopening of the Breakfast Club, which is hosted at the Dr K.A. Clark Elementary School. Used kitchen equipment no longer in use by restaurants was on hand to prepare the first breakfast meal for Fort McMurray children. The Clark Elementary School is currently in charge of providing education for most of the city’s students since the rest of the schools have not yet reopened due to structural damage caused by the fire.

With the funds received by the Pembina Pipeline Corporation, the Fort McMurray Breakfast Club hopes to acquire more kitchen equipment such as refrigerators, coolers, toasters, and blenders. The oil drilling company also plans to donate more funds for the Breakfast Club program in all provinces.

Ukrainian Hospitals Get Canadian Donation

Kitchen equipment, mattresses, wheelchairs, examination tables, hospital beds, and other items were donated to Ukraine as part of a Canadian charitable action.

The Vancouver branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services made the donation possible. The equipment was received by five hospitals in various regions of the former Soviet republic, which has been ensnared in armed conflict prompted by the controversial annexation of Crimea to Russia.

The donated equipment was shown at an orthopedic center in Kiev, capital city of Ukraine, in late January. The kitchen equipment is now in place at a children’s hospital located in Chernivtsi. The donation was organized in part by the organization known as Rotary World Help.

Altogether, the donation handled by the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services had an estimated value of $800,000 and was shipped in three containers. In the future, the organization intends to coordinate even more charitable donations to strengthen the friendship between these two nations. There is more information to be found at the Nella Cutlery website.

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