Comox high school student Will Thompson’s innovative way to assist homebound residents during the COVID-19 health crisis is working.
Thompson is delivering food to their doorsteps. Half of any tips are donated to the Comox Valley Food Bank.
Will, 17, has garnered about $600 in tips over the past two weeks. Saturday was especially busy with seven deliveries, one of which was a teacher who provided an $80 tip.
He is also raising funds on his Facebook page — Will’s Free Takeout Delivery. He raised $500 in a matter of days after starting his Facebook Fundraiser, pledging to match the amount.
“It’s awesome to see how generous people are being in these times, not for my benefit but the food bank’s benefit,” said Will, a Grade 12 at Highland Secondary. “It’s really cool to be able to help out, and to see people’s reactions when I’m able to drop it off, especially when everybody’s not so happy in these times.”
He said rural residents are especially appreciative, since it’s more of an effort for them to get into town.
Will was touched by the generosity of a couple who bought him five packs of gloves after he posted a Facebook note to say he needed them for deliveries. Each pack contains 100 pairs of latex gloves.
“Which is easily $60 worth of gloves,” Will said. “People are being very generous, almost giving back to me as I give back to them.”
Contact Will at (250) 218-2241. Money donated on his Facebook page goes directly to the food bank.