After only one day, the 14th annual ‘Be an Angel’ campaign has raised nearly one quarter of the amount they hope to raise over the next month.
The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation held a gala Nov. 1 for the campaign’s kickoff, raising $45,000 from the dinner and the live and silent auction held that night.
The Foundation hopes to raise a total $200,000 over the course of the month. The money will go towards priority equipment that various departments would like to purchase, but may not have the money available in their budgets, says the Foundation’s Executive Director Ashley Bentley.
Bentley says the equipment could include anything like a blanket warmer for the emergency room to a fluid warmer for the operating room.
However, not all items are purchased just based on the priority list provided by the hospital. She says the Foundation considers whether the equipment is actually necessary and would benefit the community.
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The campaign continues throughout the month with book and bake sales and Bentley says the city’s financial institutions all have boxes for residents to drop off donations.
Moose FM will also be participating by holding its sixth annual ‘Rhyason Contracting Light a Moose’ from Nov. 24 to 26 on the hospital lawn.
On Dec. 1, the hospital will have a light display on its lawn to celebrate the total amount raised.