Local Shoppers Drug Mart top Tree of Life fundraiser in province

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

The Tree of Life campaign is run in stores across the country to raise money for local hospitals, with a focus on women's health. mong other efforts, paper leafs are sold in $2, $5, $10, and $50 denominations to customers, who write their name on them and have them posted in the store's windows.

Tammy bake sale, Store Manager, says her employees are thrilled to have helped make such a big contribution to the foundation.
"This year we really made the push to be the number one store and we beat it; our top rival was Chilliwack and we beat them," she says proudly. "It's a tremendous accomplishment for my staff and it's something my staff really strived to and really worked hard for."
In addition to asking customers to donate at the till, the store also raised $800 through a bake sale on a snowy October day, held a pub crawl, and auctioned off a gift basket.
Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Executive Director Ashley Bentley says this year the money will go to the Eastern Star Children's Fund, which purchases equipment for the birthing centre.
"Being one of the highest birth rates in Canada, we have about eight babies born a day on average in our hospital," she says. "We want to make sure that equipment is always available there in our hospital."
This year the big ticket item is a Neopuff, which gives a baby CPR through a mask if it is having trouble breathing after birth. Two of those, which run approximately $4,000 each, will be purchased along with other items like bottle warmers.
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