The Kitimat General Hospital Foundation (KGHF) is in gratitude to Susan Jay for her heartfelt donations to help contribute to the hospital foundation purchase of a new bus for residents at Mountain View Lodge, Delta King and the new Kitimat Valley Housing Society dementia home.
As Susan held a garage and plant sale, on May 25, and donated all proceeds to KGHF, her efforts netted the hospital foundation a total of $1,760.
“The garage and plant sale went very well and well beyond my expectation,” Jay said.
As Susan is a known contributor to the community, she tends to host yearly garden sales and chooses an organization in town deserving of the funds. This year seeing that KGHF was in need of additional funding for the bus, she thought it was a good idea to offer everything she makes.
“To have a plant sale seems to gather a lot of enthusiastic young gardeners,” Jay said.
Wanting others to contribute to the cause, Jay highlighted the importance of the new bus for residents of the Mountain View Lodge, Delta King, and the Kitimat Valley Housing Society dementia home.
“So many of our friends are in [multi level care] and you just want to give back. […] It’s so important for these people [in multi-level care] to get out in the community and visit places they’re familiar with. They would have picnics at Lakelse, they would go on little shopping trips to Terrace, they would try fishing, they would come out to the community concerts at night.”
As Rio Tinto already made a $70,000 commitment to the project, they also agreed to match additional donations made by employees, retirees, and community members of up to $30,000, until May 25. However, following public health orders, Susan’s garage and plant sale didn’t take place until May 29. That said, Rio Tinto understood her situation and still matched her donation even if it was after the donation matching time period.
“We’re really grateful for Sue because she’s a great contributor not only to this project but all the projects throughout the years that Mountain View Lodge deals with,” Cynthia Medeiros, office coordinator for the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation said. “It’s pretty amazing to see that she’s willing to that for everyone.”