Family Tradition & Corporate Support Benefits Bellies to Babies Program

Submitted by EKFH on 30-05-2013 Cranbrook, BC…  EKFH’s Starlite Campaign for Excellence in Health Care has benefited from some amazing gifts and traditions over the years. One such tradition is that of a family who regularly tries to surprise their dad, sister or brother with a gift to a charity that showcases the interest of the individual.   EKFH was pleased to manage the family’s donation with a specific gift to Bellies to Babies Program. The program is a pregnancy and family resource program that serves the communities of Cranbrook and Kimberley, and the surrounding area.   Part of the program includes providing access to the use of infant car seats which became the surprise gift for this EKFH donor whose desire was to purchase three infant car seats with their 2012 Starlite gift.   “When we started looking to purchase the car seats, the program coordinator Pat Chisholm was doubly blessed when she met Dave Thomson, Store Manager for the Real Canadian Superstore,” explains Donna Grainger, EKFH Executive Director.   After hearing the good news story of the donor, Dave and the team at the Real Canadian Superstore put in an extra effort to provide four car seats at the same cost as the donor’s gift and then threw in a special surprise of a complimentary convertible car seat that can be used from infancy through to toddler age.   Support for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health takes many forms whether it is a financial donation, gift in kind, volunteering for one of its projects or events and sometimes linking interest groups together.   To learn more about our mission and the work of the foundation visit us at

L-R: Christine Harrison (Associate), David Thomson, (Real Canadian Superstore~Store Manager), Jenn Betts (Outreach Worker Bellies to Babies Program) and Cathy Schalla (Associate) pose with EKFH donor gift