When the new tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital opens, the South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary will be recognized for their contributions to the project.
The Auxiliary’s name will be displayed at the outpatient lab’s main blood sample collection area and two patient isolation rooms, acknowledging their donations to help purchase medical equipment for the new tower: $200,000 so far, and another $50,000 to come.
The Oliver Thrift Store, which first opened its doors in 1942, has been the primary source of fundraising for the Auxiliary.
Carol Howes, President of the Auxiliary, said that it wouldn’t be possible without the store’s customers, many of which leave additional donations.
“They leave their change behind and small donations and things because they say it’s a good cause – and it is,” she said.
The Auxiliary also raises funds for the South Okanagan General Hospital, McKinney Place and Sunnybank Centre.
While most of their funds are raised through the thrift store, they also host Dinners at Home, a frozen meals program, and a Baby Showcase at the hospital in Oliver.
To help raise the last $50,000 a little more quickly, the thrift store will extend their hours to include opening on Tuesdays starting on January 9.
“Our treasurer checked back and we were making more money when we were open on Tuesday,” Sandy Knippelberg, the Auxiliary’s convenor said. “We get more of a volume on Wednesday but more spread out when we’re open on the Tuesday.”
However, to accommodate the increase in hours, the auxiliary is looking for more volunteers; ten are needed every day to operate the store.
Interested volunteers can contact the Auxiliary by phoning the thrift store at (250) 498-3936.