During this pandemic, it has been heartening to see different young people step up,
Take Elan Vigderhous for instance. The soon-to-be 15 year old Côte Saint-Luc resident has started a home-based business called “Care Packages,” which is composed of a week's worth of COVID supplies (mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer). For every purchase, $3 goes to Hope and Cope, which has been providing compassionate, supportive, evidence-based cancer care for over three decades. He chose that charity because his grandfather, noted musician Gideon Vigderhous, is now hospitalized due to an invasive cancer.
“A while back when quarantine started and school was suspended, my father started to teach me about business and we decided to put the lessons into practice,” said Elan, a Grade 10 student at Royal Vale School in NDG. “ I decided to start a business that not only would be helpful to the clients, but I wanted to make sure I could help a charity close to home too. I liked the idea of making gift boxes that could be sent to a family member or friend, as a gift. I decided that the box should include the essentials: masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. I also added a little candy, to make it a little sweeter.”
Originally Elan was going to raise money for COVID-19 relief, but given the fact his grandfather got diagnosed with melanoma a few years ago and recently he had to go to the hospital, he opted for Hope and Cope.
Since launching a website at https://www.care-packages.ca, orders have started to roll in. “I enjoy running my first business, and I go to work every day working on sales, marketing, packaging and delivery,” said Elan.