Nov 19, 2008
Auxiliary’s little shop does a big jobBy BCLocalNews.com

Next time you’re in the area, stop by the Hospital Auxiliary gift shop inside Kitimat General.

Inside the shop on this quiet afternoon, auxiliary vice-president Fernanda Matos sits at the counter in front of a line of chocolate bars, gum, and a coffee maker.

Her view is of a collection of accessories and clothing – plenty of them handmade in the community.

It may be a modest sized store, but the results are big – the auxiliary so far this year has raised $35,000 to be used for hospital improvements and projects.

Matos points out the group does raise money in other ways – for example, on Saturday, November 29 they are holding a bazaar in the hospital – but the store easily provides the bulk of the funds.

And the auxiliary’s handiwork is to be found in just about every corner of the hospital.

This year they have earmarked money to install a special ice machine, designed to cut down on bacteria by automatically dispensing the ice.

It will be located just down the hall from the shop in the cafeteria.

Over in acute and multi level care, special overhead lifts have been installed this year as well, to help patients in and out of their beds.

The auxiliary was also the force behind another major hospital project – converting 11 of the hospital’s doors to be accessible for handicapped by means of an automatic opening button. The price tag for each door, Matos pointed out, was $7,000.

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