Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty (right) accepts $40,000 from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary that operates the immensely popular Bargain Bin thrift store in Armstrong. Making the presentation on behalf of the auxiliary are (from left): Carolyn Farris, Pam Krazanowski, Kathy King, Brenda Hobbs, Sandra Borden (VJH Foundation Board Member, Armstrong Representative), Alex Edlund, Audrey Marinello, Gladys Lehoux, Marge Burtch (Bargain Bin coordinator), Maureen Karran. (VJHF photo)

Armstrong thrift store donates plenty to health care

Bargain Bin, run by Armstrong Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary, donates $40,000 to VJH Foundation

Solely operated by more than 65 dedicated volunteers, the Armstrong Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary (ASHA) is a fixture in its vibrant community.

The auxiliary, which originated more than 85 years ago, runs the extremely popular Bargain Bin thrift store in downtown Armstrong. Locals from around the valley make special trips to donate, shop and volunteer at the store which is open from Tuesday through Saturday each week.

With a mandate to enhance the quality of healthcare in the North Okanagan, this energetic team of volunteers has been donating to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Light a Bulb campaign since 1996. And this year is no different, as they presented the foundation with a very significant $40,000 donation this last week.

READ MORE: Drug stores team up for Vernon hospital foundation

“People come from all over the Okanagan, partly because they know that we’re all volunteers”, says Marge Burtch, Bargain Bin coordinator. “We get incredible support from our communities with armfuls of donations so we’re always busy behind the scenes and on the sales floor. The heartfelt thank-yous that we get, particularly from individuals who are impacted…well that’s what warms our hearts and keeps us going.”

Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty said the Bargain Bin’s work is a “great example of how small acts can create a huge impact, with one household donation at a time or one small purchase at a time.”

READ MORE: Foundation sticks with familiar face at Vernon hospital

“This amazing group of volunteers continues to improve our community for the better,” said McBrearty. “With this generous donation, our annual Light a Bulb campaign has reached over $150,000, taking us past the half-way mark to our goal of $275,000. We are so grateful to the ASHA who are such strong supporters of the foundation.”

To help the Vernon Jubilee Hospital reach this year’s goal of raising $275,000 you can make a secure donation online at, mail it to VJH Foundation, 2101–32nd Street, Vernon BC V1T 5L2 or phone it in at 250-558-1362.

Each$35 tax deductible gift will light one bulb on the tree of lights, while $500 will light an entire string.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon shops like Expressions of Time have shown their strength, resiliency and adaptability amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Facebook)
COLUMN: A toast to small businesses in Vernon

Show local business some love this Small Business Week

File Photo.
BOOMER TALK: Talking back

Columnist Carole Fawcett responds to feedback over ‘Are you Sheeple?’ column

The Brown Derby’s Mysterioso was one of three entries in the 2020 Armstrong Professional Grilled Cheese Sandwich competition held Tuesday, Oct. 20. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Bakery gets judges’ attention in Armstrong pro grilled cheese sandwich event

Country Bakery’s German Kase Pretzel Grilled Cheese oozes past Brown Derby, Wild Oak Café

A power outage caused by a vehicle crash affected 2,178 BC Hydro customers in Enderby Wednesday night, Oct. 21, 2020. (BC Hydro image)
Vehicle crash in Enderby knocks out power for more than 2,000

BC Hydro crews are expected to arrive by 6:30 p.m.

Ahead of the provincial election on Oct. 24, Enderby residents put their questions to the Shuswap riding’s three candidates: Greg Kyllo for the BC Liberal Party, Sylvia Lindgren for the BC NDP and Owen Madden for the BC Green Party. The candidates recorded their answers in videos distributed by the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce. (Salmon Arm Observer image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Shuswap candidates answer Enderby’s top election questions

The candidates submitted video responses for an all-candidates forum ahead of the Oct. 24 election

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Kelowna Capital News)
B.C. Labour Board orders Peachland cannabis company to reinstate laid-off employees

The B.C. Labour Relations Board determined the employees were laid off due to their plan to unionize

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Two pigs roam the Salmon Arm Walmart parking lot during a prior visit photographed by Danielle Burgi. (Danielle Burgi photo)
Pigs trot over for a visit at Salmon Arm shopping centre

Employees say this was the second drop-in from the temporarily free-range porkers

Penticton law courts. (Black Press file)
Osoyoos man in court for alleged shooting

The Oct. 11 shooting left a man with non-life threatening injuries

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Princeton man on motor scooter refuses to provide breath test to police

The scooter did not have a license plate and was not insured

Most Read