Since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, front line workers in hospitals across the country have been tirelessly fighting the novel Coronavirus in hopes of curing each and every patient. Staff at St. Michael’s Hospital, a short walk from Ryerson University, have had their challenges with COVID-19. With over 17,000 cases reported in Toronto, it’s easy to imagine all their team has had to conquer. 

In order for the COVID-19 Unit at St. Michael’s to continue operations, it takes a full staff of dedicated and hardworking individuals. Traditionally, many of us  relate said duties solely to  the Doctors and Nurses, but often forget the other vital positions within a healthcare unit. Examples include the Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers, Mechanics, Painters, and Engineers. 

Upon learning of the incredible efforts at St. Michael’s, two Ryerson Engineering students, Jihyung Lee and Maxwell Steer, knew they had to say “Thank you!” The duo created Cards for Care. Their mission was simple: with the help of the Ryerson Engineering Community, write personalized Thank You cards for each member of the COVID-19 unit. A few short weeks later, together our community wrote over 50 beautiful and customized cards. With the assistance of Ryerson Engineering Student Society the cards were purchased, printed and packed for delivery. 

On September 21, 2020 the Cards were delivered to the St. Michael’s staff safely in a ryEng branded box. 

The Ryerson Engineering Community extends their greatest gratitude and continues to cheer on the staff and COVID-19 unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. To Jihyung, Maxwell, and the Cards for Care team, we at RESS applaud your compassion and ambition. Thank you for showing how unique and beautiful our Engineering Community can be.    

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