Candace Verners (left)

Candace Verners (left)

Give a gift that keeps on giving at Victoria General Hospital

‘Tis the season for warm blankets and healthy babes

When you think of holiday cheer, the hospital is probably not one of the first thoughts that pops into your head.

But earlier this week a group of volunteers launched the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Poinsettias for Patients fundraiser in the lobby of VGH.

“This is our fifth year running this fundraiser,” said Carolyn Haines, one of the organizers. “Give the gift of warmth and help this holiday season.”

The group is selling poinsettias – ranging in colour and in size from four- to 12-inch pots –  along with Christmas sleigh planters and 10-inch premium planters grown locally by Hilltop Greenhouses Ltd.

In conjunction with the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards purchasing a BiliBlanket for the neonatal intensive care and mother/babe units at VGH.

“A BiliBlanket is used when newborns are diagnosed with jaundice,” Haines said. The blanket is wrapped around newborns and provides continuous phototherapy as a fibre optic light shines from the blanket onto the skin of the baby, helping to reverse the condition. Each blanket costs about $8,000 Haines added.

In the past the group has purchased a $7,500 blanket warmer for babies, an $11,000 stretcher for the emergency department and a $7,000 treadmill for neuro rehab – all through the sale of poinsettias and holiday planters.

If you missed the volunteers at the hospital on Wednesday, Haines said orders can still be made with a credit card online at vgha.ca or completed order forms (with cash or cheque only) can be dropped off at the VGH gift shop. The deadline for orders is next Wednesday, Nov. 16.

“Plants can be picked up at the Strawberry Vale Community Centre on Dec. 2,” Haines noted, between noon and 6:30 p.m. But if you can’t make that, the group is also offering home delivery through Maximum Express Courier and the charge is $6 per address.

For more information on the group or the fundraiser go to vgha.ca.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics B.C. kicks off with a run at Swan Lake on June 6. The virtual fundraiser runs until June 20. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Torch run seeks to scorch previous fundraiser, targets $75,000 for Special Olympics

Global movement shoots for 40,000 km in honour of the 40th anniversary

Victoria Truth Centre and Long-term Inmates Now in the Community (L.I.N.C.) Society are hoping to replicate in Langford the format used on Emma’s Farm in Mission, pictured here. (Patrick Penner/Black Press Media)
Victoria Truth Centre hopes to grow transformative justice in Langford

Purchase proposal would see offenders, survivors and families work on organic vegetable farm

Tyson Muzzillo, regional manager of BC Cannabis Store, welcomes shoppers to their Uptown location, opening on June 16. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Government-run cannabis store opening at Saanich’s Uptown

BC Cannabis Store the first for government in Greater Victoria, 27th in province

Mural artist Paul Archer will soon begin work on a piece on the rear of a building at 100 Burnside Road West. (Gorge Tillicum Community Association)
Back of Burnside building in Saanich to feature mural of hope and positivity

Artist Paul Archer says subject will inspire memories, depict children’s future, sunshine, flowers

West Shore RCMP K9 Halla. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sound of RCMP dog enough to stop suspects in Oak Bay

West Shore RCMP K9 unit called in, didn’t get to chase

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

Most Read