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SCV Chamber Launches COVID-19 Gratitude Campaign For First Responders

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce (SCV Chamber) has announced their First Responder Gratitude Campaign to show appreciation to hospital workers, emergency first responders and paramedics for risking their health and safety for the community.

The grassroots campaign hopes to raise $30,000 to purchase 1,200 local business gift cards to provide to pandemic first responders in SCV as a way for the community to say “thank you,” officials said. 

The SCV Chamber plans to use 100% of the proceeds to pay for $25 gift cards from local restaurants and retailers and distribute them to workers at local hospitals, healthcare facilities and those on the front lines.

“This campaign is another example of our local SCV Chamber working collaboratively and going above and beyond during the pandemic to support our businesses, first responders and community,” said Santa Clarita City Mayor Bill Miranda in a statement Monday. “With vaccine distributions underway, now is the time to give thanks to our hospital and medical caregivers who have given more than we will ever know to care for our neighbors and families.”

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The concept for the campaign was pitched to the Chamber by local resident Janine Cooper Ayres, who was moved by all that the first responders have done in our community. The Chamber evolved Ayres’ idea into the Gratitude Campaign to also support local businesses and began raising funds to launch the campaign, officials said. 

“I was pleased to put Janine and the SCV Chamber together to bring this grassroots campaign to fruition,” said Miranda.

Sand Canyon Country Club owner, Steve Kim, has offered to help the SCV Chamber meet their goal with a dollar-for-dollar match for every dollar raised up to $15,000.

“All of our first responders, no matter their sector, deserve to be shown appreciation for their efforts and commitment to serving our community,” said Kim. “I am asking our community to take part in this campaign and stand with the SCV Chamber to give thanks.”

The SCV Chamber is the largest business membership organization in SCV, representing more than a 65,000-member workforce. Founded in 1923, the Chamber works to advocate for, educate and connect the Santa Clarita business community.

Santa Clarita community members are able to directly process their donation payments on the SCV Chamber’s donation page here.

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SCV Chamber Launches COVID-19 Gratitude Campaign For First Responders

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