LETTER: Helping the hospital

Editor:

The Grand Forks Auxiliary to the Boundary Hospital Society is comprised of 100 volunteers who work diligently throughout the year to provide good quality merchandise in a well-appointed store.

There are no paid workers in this establishment.

Each year, the society financially supports health-related programs within the Boundary and West Kootenay area.

This past year, many pieces of equipment were purchased and the following list will attest to the many long hours of volunteer labour: Transducer broadband, electronic tomometer, ceiling lifts, otoscope and ophthalmoscope, oncology room, five beds, exam table, stretcher, mattresses and wheelchairs and walker.

As well, the doctor’s room at the hospital was entirely refurbished with new furniture, and flooring. Christmas comforts/goodies were provided to cheer residents of the lodges. Beautiful Christmas trees were set up and decorated by our volunteers and a new Christmas tree was purchased for the oncology room.

Scholarships are provided annually to worthy students of Grand Forks and Boundary Central Secondary schools and the Lindsay Howes Scholarship was disbursed.

A contribution was also made to Relay for Life.

This lengthy list of 2010 donations totaled $168,189.24!

Donations of clean, gently used clothing, toys, hardware, small appliances, books and many items too numerous to mention have been of benefit and without these donations, the Hospital Auxiliary would not exist.

Grand Forks is indeed blessed with so many wonderful men and women who give selflessly of their time, talent and treasures to make our hospital and community a better place.

W. Triveri, Grand Forks