June 27th Miracle Team in Awe of $25,000 Pledged Donation at 11th Hour From Champion Products
The wait is over for the 400,000 people who live in Windsor-Essex. Today, they will witness something truly spectacular unfold before their eyes. With the hope that everyone will leave a non-perishable donation on their doorstep at noon, residents will very shortly have themselves to thank for coming together to make a miracle happen.
After three weeks of intensive planning for the region-wide June 27th Miracle food drive, all the efforts of those involved will come to fruition this afternoon when food is collected in the city and county, including a surprise donation valued at over $25,000 that was pledged by Champion Products Corp. Friday evening.
“We were blown away when the call came in about this donation,” said Josh Lane, a member of the organizing committee, about the reaction when Navjeet Vaid, director of finance at Champion Products, told the organizers about the gift of food. “We’ve been told it will be a mixture of soups, pasta, pasta sauce, Quaker snacks and oatmeal and more.”
Lane said the transport from Champion Products is slated to arrive at the WFCU Centre at 3 p.m., the peak time for collected food to be arriving at designated drop-off depots. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, members of the organizing committee, chief executive officer of UHC, June Muir, Goodfellows President Art Reid, and local union representatives will be present to greet the transport and others making drop-offs.
Champion Products was founded by Ashok Sood in 1991 in Windsor, Ontario focusing solely on supplying one item; shopping bags to local businesses. Over the years customer needs drove Champion to expand its product offerings, reaching new customers throughout an expanding geographical area. The company has expanded into new markets beyond just Windsor-Essex, with distribution centers located in Windsor, Toronto and Detroit. Champion’s offerings now exceed 10,000 different items, from over 200 suppliers around the globe, consistently supplying over 5,000 customers in our various markets.
Those involved with planning the June 27th Miracle have already been astonished by the outpouring of generosity from those in the local area and hope it will continue with non-perishables being left on all porches or doorsteps before noon today.
“How many times do you get to be part of a miracle?” said Adam Lally, a member of the planning committee. “All it takes is leaving your donation on your porch and you’ll have done your part in making this happen.”