The St. Joseph’s Healthcare Auxiliary has made another payment on its latest project for St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Auxiliary members presented $30,000 to the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The money was raised through donations, proceeds from its annual raffle and allocations from the United Way Estevan.
The auxiliary is one of the United Way’s long-standing member agencies.
With the payment, the auxiliary has raised $140,000 of the $255,000 cost for this latest project – the purchase of new, modern beds for long-term care. The previous beds were 30 years old.
Not only are the new beds modern, but the comfort levels and the technology are built specifically for seniors and other residents of long-term care.
The auxiliary was able to make the contribution despite the challenges of the pandemic. Their annual spring tea and bake sale in early May was cancelled, and they haven’t been able to operate their gift shop in the hospital. They also haven’t been able to have a regular, monthly meeting with members in attendance.
St. Joseph’s Hospital executive director Greg Hoffort marvelled at the efforts of the auxiliary in the past few months.
The auxiliary also held the draw for its raffle. Curtis LeBlanc won the $500 first prize, Jordan Irwin the $300 second prize and Karen Johnstone the $200 third prize.
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