Mrs. Teresa Longo made her annual visit to Joseph Brant Hospital on Friday, December 16.
Mrs. Longo, along with members of the Longo family, Halton Regional Police officers and staff from Longo’s two Burlington stores, delivered gifts to patients who may not be able to be home with their families over the holiday season.
During her visit, it was announced that Mrs. Longo has made a $20,000 donation to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in support of palliative care equipment including two Hi-Low Beds. These beds offer state-of-the-art technology enabling high quality care for mid to high acuity patients through advanced solutions supporting patient safety, patient mobilization, and skin care.
In addition, Mrs. Longo has donated a Longo’s gift card for JBH staff to purchase baked goods to recognize patient birthdays and other celebrations. Mrs. Longo and a friend have each donated $1,000 each, $2,000 total, for the purchase of clothing and hygiene products for patients who will spend unexpected time in the Hospital.
“Teresa’s personal touch and connection to the Hospital is what makes the Longo family’s annual visit so special,” said Anissa Hilborn, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation President. “Her annual holiday visit brings joy to our hospital’s most complex-care patients, and we are truly grateful for Teresa’s incredible generosity and kindness.”
The Longo family has been part of the community for nearly 45 years, and have been long-standing supporters of Joseph Brant Hospital. In 2015, they made a $500,000 contribution to Our New Era Campaign through the Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation Community Matching Gift Challenge. Longo’s invited the community to join them in support of the redevelopment and expansion of Joseph Brant Hospital by matching all donations made from September to December 2015, dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. The community rallied together, and $1 million was raised for Joseph Brant Hospital’s redevelopment and expansion campaign.
In recognition of their philanthropic support in Halton Region, Longo’s was presented with the 2016 Outstanding Corporation Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Horseshoe Chapter. The philanthropy of the Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation represents a legacy of commitment and investment that began with the company founders who believed in giving something, even when they had nothing to give. The Longo family believes that family values are essential to community growth and by maintaining a leadership position of community involvement, they will help ensure the health and well-being of our communities will be sustained for years to come.
A true pillar in the Burlington community, the Longo’s family leadership, dedication and commitment to the revitalized Joseph Brant Hospital has inspired others to give and support their local hospital. Communities are made better and stronger through the involvement of businesses and families like Longo’s.