VJH Foundation Hits the Million Dollar Mark from Armstrong Spallumcheen Health Care Association
A generous donation of $123,680 from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Health Care Association (A/SHA) to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, brings their total cumulative donations to $1,088,499.
“The VJHF Board of Directors wishes to thank the dedicated team at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Health Care Association for their ongoing support to ensure vital health care needs are met in the North Okanagan,” said Elise Allan, VJH Foundation President.
Funds are raised through the Auxiliary’s Bargain Bin Thrift Shop located at 3445 Pleasant Valley Road in Armstrong. Community members donate clothing and household items, which are then sold at affordable prices, with proceeds benefitting local health care.
A/SHA has been supporting VJH Foundation since 1996. The 2016 funds will support local unfunded health care needs, including:
• $50,000 – Light A Bulb Campaign to purchase high definition camera heads and control units for minimally invasive surgeries at VJH
• $35,267 – tub lift and two sit-to-stand lifts for Pleasant Valley Manor
• $20,000 – OBGYN Surgical Unit at VJH
• $8,295 – two portable overhead lifts for Community Integrated Health Services – Palliative Care
• $7,118 – sit-to-stand lift at Parkview Place
• $3,000 – Music & Memory Program at Parkview Place
“I would to thank the ladies of the auxiliary for all the time they volunteer to make the Bargain Bin the special place it is,” said Association President Jackie Keesey. “Our gratitude goes out to the citizens and shoppers who support health care in our community by supporting us. All dollars go back to local health care needs.”
The Bargain Bin is operated by a dedicated group of more than 60 volunteers who spend an annual 24,000 hours processing donations, selling merchandise and operating the store.
Armstrong/Spallumcheen HealthCare Association is a member of the British Columbia Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (BCAHA), which includes many of the healthcare auxiliaries throughout the province. The Auxiliary began in 1934 to mend sheets and gowns for the local hospital and has grown to provide financial assistance for local health care initiatives.