Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation executive director Lisa Westermark (centre) accepts a $40,000 donation from Armstrong’s The Bargain Bin volunteers. (photo submitted)

Bargain Bin adds to campaign

Armstrong store and volunteers donate $40,000 to VJH Foundation

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light a Bulb Campaign is more than halfway to its goal.

The campaign has raised $162,249 towards its $250,000 goal to purchase endoscopes for cancer screening equipment at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

A significant donation from the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Health Care Auxiliary (ASHA) helped boost the campaign to 65 per cent of needed funds raised. Through proceeds from its Armstrong thrift shop, the Bargain Bin, the auxiliary was able to contribute $40,000 to Light a Bulb.

The Bargain Bin sells donated goods such as clothing, housewares, jewelry and books to raise funds for local health care needs.

“It’s a wonderful testament to the spirit of our community to see what a dedicated group of volunteers and supportive community members can do,” said Lisa Westermark, VJH Foundation executive director.

ASHA has a longstanding tradition of supporting VJH Foundation, contributing annually since 1996.

Giving to Light a Bulb is also a tradition for many North Okanagan families, often through donations made in memory of a loved one or to acknowledge the care received at VJH.

“Good health care is vital for the well-being of a community,” said Westermark. “Continuing support from our donors is essential in helping bring the best possible outcomes for the lives of our families, friends and neighbours.”

To make a secure donation online please visit or mail your cheque attention VJH Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon BC V1T 5L2.

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