Only a few of the wonderful crew who keep the Thrift Store going. L to R: Kate O’Keefe, Jacqueline Van-Gemeren, Linda Kelly and Marlene Lord.

Volunteers are the heart of the matter.  To achieve our mission, To support the lifelong health and well-being of our community, the 60 members of the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo Auxiliary Society donated 2400 hours last year and gave $20,897 to the hospital and community: residents’ comfort ($9250), defibrillators and other equipment ($2147), community outreach ($2700), and bursaries ($6800).

We are proud to be a member of the BC Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. The 70 auxiliaries in BC have 5,066 volunteers, 256 of them youth, and in 2020 they put in 680,175 hours while raising $8.1 million to donate to health care.

Our main fundraiser is the one you are familiar with – the Thrift Store. We also garden. We make and sell a variety of crafts, and food items. We hold community events. Our May Days Victorian Tea (sometimes in full Victorian dress), Fashion Shows, Hallowe’en Spoofs, Craft Fairs and jewellery sales have been real hits. We have many opportunities for volunteers to give back to our community.

Working at our Thrift Store is a good way to meet people and be a part of a team. Volunteers from teenagers to the retired are always welcome; no experience necessary!  We have other projects for you to work alone or in small groups, and to donate a lot or a little time.

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on April 12, 1 pm to find out more about what we have done, will do and could do. Sign up to help out. More details to follow in Pennywise ads and on our Facebook page, or call 250-353-1037.