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Desert Cove Recycling Program Helps Light Bulbs at VJH



Desert Cove Recycling Program Helps Light Bulbs at VJH

The spirit of giving was evident recently when the residents of Desert Cove showed the value of collecting, sorting, and donating recyclable containers, presenting a gift of over $3,410 to the VJH Foundation Light a Bulb Campaign.

The Desert Cove Homeowners Association (DCHA) members have a long history of giving to the Foundation, who for more than ten years have honoured the memories of residents of their community who have passed with a donation to the hospital.

“A desire to contribute even more resulted in a proposal for an ongoing community bottle drive in addition to donations in memory.  The plan simply requires residents to leave their empty recyclable bottles and cans at a central location.  Our volunteer elves, including Dave Caldwell who was the original elf and now Jim Horsfield, then sort, store and transport the collection into town.  Funds are held in an account and presented annually to the Hospital Foundation.  From a humble beginning of $400 in the first year, the donation has grown in size each year.  With the continued growth of Desert Cove Estates, we anticipate our donation will also grow,” stated DCHA President Kathy Burwell. 

“The Desert Cove community is a great example of how small acts can add up to have a great impact,” said Michael Kinghorn, VJH Foundation President, and 2020 Light a Bulb Chair. “We are incredibly grateful to the residents for truly embracing this project, and for the many hours they volunteer in order to keep this program running.”

This year we invite you to show your support for the Light a Bulb campaign in a variety of ways. Donations can be made online at, via phone at 250.558.1362, or mailed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32nd Street Vernon BC V1T 5L2. Every gift, great or small, brings us closer to raising $275,000 for critical equipment at VJH.

Jim Horsfield the Recycling Elf at Desert Cove

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