Kootenay Powerboat Association donates to Toy Closet

Submitted by EKFH on 13-02-2012

L-R: Linda Maillot (RN-3rd Floor), Ray Kelly (Kootenay Powerboat Association, Ryan Comishin (Manager, IH Acute Care)

A visit by President Ray Kelly from the Kootenay Powerboat Association brought heartfelt smiles and a fantastic $1,000 donation for the Toy Closet at the 3rd floor Pediatric Unit this week.

The 25 member boating group (located at Lake Koocanusa) does several fundraisers throughout the year. When the group heard that the pediatric nursing team was looking to increase the number of toys, games and other items to be sent home with children who have had a stay at the hospital, the group decided to dedicate funding behind the initiative.

Sara Jolie, the RN behind the toy closet idea was ecstatic when receiving the news from the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. “We are so blessed and grateful for this support, for the kids it can mean making a challenging situation so much better,” states Jolie.