After seeing a video of Dr. Hassan Masri; a US and Canadian Internal Medicine and ICU Board Certified Physician based in Saskatoon and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Saskatchewan; Jaime Holowaty, the Branch Manager at the Martensville location of The Wireless Age, wanted to contribute to helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On one of his posts, Dr. Hassan Masri requested that local companies donate iPads to the Intensive Care Units in Saskatoon so people could stay in contact with their loved ones. From there, Holowaty contacted her Regional Manager and suggested the idea, which was immediately approved. Another store manager put together the iPads and iPhones and arranged for pick-up.
In total, 4 iPads and 7 iPhones were donated to the ICU departments at Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
“I am so proud of The Wireless Age and everyone involved with helping loved ones stay connected. I can’t imagine being isolated and not being able to communicate with the people that I love. This is our small way of helping the people in Saskatchewan stay connected,” Holowaty said.
Since social-distancing was recommended by the province, Holowaty said that there have been numerous family members coming into the store to set up older devices or iPads for their loved ones. “A lot of people in care homes or nursing homes do not have any way to see their loved ones at this time, so we are able to connect them with technology so they can still see each other.”
Since mid-March, businesses across the province have been affected by COVID-19, and have been forced to change the way they operate on a day-to-day basis. For The Wireless Age, this means allowing only one customer into the store at a time, which makes it easier for staff and customers to remain a safe distance apart in order to keep everyone safe. “We are asking that customers call us first so we can try to help them over the phone as much as possible. We are encouraging customers to make phone or web orders when possible and we are providing contactless curbside pickup or free, same-day shipping province wide on all orders,” Holowaty explained.
“These may be challenging times for all, but we’ll make it through this. In the meantime, we are still here to help you with all of your cellular needs, but we are trying to do as much as we can over the phone or online.” You can contact (306) 242-5499 or visit www.thewirelessage.com for more information.