East Kootenay Foundation for Health board member Russ Colombo and executive director Donna Grainger

East Kootenay Foundation for Health board member Russ Colombo and executive director Donna Grainger

Shoppers Drug Mart campaign raises $1,390 for Creston maternity unit

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The Creston Valley Hospital maternity unit received some great news this week when Shoppers Drug Mart No. 2284 in Creston presented a donation of $1,390 to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) and representatives of the hospital as part of the 14th annual Growing Women’s Health (formerly Tree of Life) campaign.

Shoppers Drug Mart’s Natascha Sundby, co-ordinator of the local event, explained that the campaign provided customers with the opportunity to purchase and personalize a Growing Women’s Health icon, a leaf for a loonie, a butterfly for $5, an apple for $10 and a bird for $50. The icons were prominently displayed on the Growing Women’s Health tree in all participating stores with 100 per cent of campaign proceeds donated to local women’s health organizations.

The Creston funds are stewarded through the EKFH and will be allocated to purchase two medical grade rocking chairs for the Creston Valley Hospital maternity unit.

“What a beautiful gift for the Creston hospital,” said EKFH executive director Donna Grainger. “The addition of the two rockers for the maternity unit is certainly going to provide wonderful comfort for families.”

The Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women’s Health campaign offers patients, customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to the organizations that make a difference to women’s health in their own communities. Learn more at shoppersloveyou.ca.

—EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH