Kevin Arbuckle

Kevin Arbuckle

Armstrong-Spallumcheen auxiliary reaches the $1 million mark

Bargain Bin volunteers donate to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation

Armstrong-Spallumcheen has made a major investment in local health care.

A donation of $123,680 from the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Health Care Association to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, brings its total cumulative donation 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.

For 2016, the auxiliary’s donation to the VJH Foundation is $123,680, including $50,000 for the Light A Bulb campaign, $35,267 for Pleasant Valley Manor equipment and $3,000 for the music and 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,” Jackie Keesey, auxiliary president.

The Bargain Bin is operated by more than 60 volunteers who spend an annual 24,000 hours at the store.

“Our gratitude goes out to the citizens and shoppers who support health care in our community by supporting us,” said Keesey.

The group has donated a total of $160,595 to local charities in 2016.

The donations include $12,000 for bursaries to local students and $4,300 to the Haugen Community Health Care Society. There was also $13,000 for the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Food Bank, $5,000 for the school lunch program and $2,100 for school breakfast programs.