Auxiliary thrift shop raises big health bucks

The hard-working volunteers from the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary spent 2015 doing what they do best: raising enormous amounts of cash

The hard-working volunteers from the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary spent 2015 doing what they do best: raising enormous amounts of cash to help the Valley’s hospitals.

The group has quite a history.

In 2012 they donated $37,718.00, in 2014, more than $80,000 and then they really rolled up their sleeves.

The Chemainus Health Care Centre received more than $50,000 from the group in 2015, which covered the costs of fall mats, overhead lights, an overhead lift for urgent care, an air conditioner, an ECG machine, warming cupboards and gift bags for new residents.

The Auxiliary also donated $120,000 to the Cowichan Valley District Hospital, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, BC Children’s Hospital and the Victoria Hospital Foundation in 2015.

It’s a lot of work running the busy thrift shop at the corner of Willow and Oak Streets in Chemainus but the more than 180 passionate volunteers also earned enough money to donate to Cops for Cancer, Providence Farm, the Chemainus Valley Museum, the Variety Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, Cowichan Food Connection, student bursaries and Harvest House Food Bank.

Are you downsizing or cleaning house? Why not donate items for sale. You can drop them off Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s also possible to make “in memoriam” cash donations.

Contact the group at 250-246-2476 or on their Facebook page or through chemainushealthcareauxiliary.com for more information.