Volunteer Karin Topnick said she likes meeting and helping people at the auxiliary-run gift shop. The shop has had to close due to COVID-19, since mid-March. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hope’s hospital auxiliary’s big fundraisers shut down due to COVID-19

Fashion show, fall silent auction cancelled, gift shop shuttered as auxiliary keeps fundraising

Hope’s hospital auxiliary is more motivated than ever to better the lives of patients amid COVID-19, yet with cancellations of their key fundraisers this goal is becoming increasingly difficult.

The Auxiliary to the Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge has served the community for over 60 years. This year, as COVID-19 forced cancellations across industries, the organization has had to scale back their fundraising efforts.

Nancy Hutsul with the auxiliary told the Hope Standard that the pandemic has “seriously limited the auxiliary’s ability to keep its fundraising commitments.”

“Preparations were in place and tickets were being sold for our biannual spring fashion show when the pandemic shutdown struck,” she wrote. “We no longer have an income from our popular hospital gift shop, shuttered since mid-March. This fall, most challenging of all, our annual silent auction has been cancelled.”

Read more: A tiny shop with a big heart for the Hope hospital

The auxiliary fundraises to enhance care and treatment of patients at the hospital and residents at the lodge and with an ongoing pandemic “our desire to support patient care needs is stronger than ever” Hutsul wrote.

“We pour over hospital and lodge equipment ‘wish lists’ and try our best to make needed purchases on their behalf,” Hutsul added.

The organization is asking that people consider a monetary donation to the auxiliary, who are a registered charity and can provide tax receipts upon request.

Related: Surprise donation crosses last stretcher off of Hope hospital wish list

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