Throughout November, December and into January hundreds of donors contributed to the "Be An Angel" Campaign by participating in one of several opportunities to donate including an invitation in the mail to give, donation drop-boxes located at all six local financial institutions, Moose FM’s “Light a Moose” Radiothon, and the “Be an Angel” Gala, held Saturday, November 18th.
All Campaign donations have been directed to the Foundation’s “Angel Fund,” which helps purchase medical equipment for the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facility to enhance patient care and comfort. Donations to the campaign help to ensure that equipment can be purchased as soon as the need arises.
FSJ Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Jennifer Moore, remarked, "The generousity of this community never fails to humble us. This year’s campaign was such an amazing success and we couldn’t achieve our goals without the support of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Together, we are undeniably making a difference in the lives of patients in Fort St. John.”
This year Gala raised over $99,000, Light a Moose raised over $21,000 for quality of life projects for Peace Villa residents, and Unforgettable Memories donated nearly $8,000 from their Santa photos, bringing their cumulative total to over $32,000 from this project.
The ‘I Remember’ quilt has been returned to the display cabinet in the hospital with Pam Okrainec’s name added after a very generous donation by Wyatt and Twila Soule. This quilt has raised over $31,000 since 2007, and honours community members who have been lost.
The Be an Angel campaign clearly demonstrates the power of numbers and every donation making a difference. The average donation in the campaign was $65 and 75% of the donations were less than $250. Donations continued to arrive through December and January.
Jennifer Moore, Executive Director