The Thunder Bay Hill City Kinettes were at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, December 17 to drop off a wagon full of special toys and books – all destined for young patients who will be at TBRHSC over the holidays.
Pictured, from the Hill City Kinettes are (l-r): Jennifer Austin, Robyn Austin, Sue Dubinsky, Carol Anuik, Nella Lawrence, Cynthia Cooper, and Mary Dubinsky (sitting).
The wagon was part of the Kinettes’ 10th Annual Two Bit Auction that took place on November 19. Over 30 baskets were up for auction that evening, with approximately 200 people making bids. Those bidding on the wagon knew it would be presented to paediatric patients and were invited to take part in the presentation. The winner, Ashley Posmituk, is pictured, centre, with paediatric patient Kaelen, who was very excited to be the first to choose something special out of the wagon.
As Hill City Kinettes President Mary Dubinsky said, “We raised $642 from the auction with the bids on this ‘basket’ and our club decided to match those proceeds for a total donation of $1,284, in addition to the toys and wagon. We know how important it is for kids to have a distraction during their time here, and we’re proud that our efforts are making Christmas a bit brighter for those who do need to be in the hospital during this time.”
Continued Dubinsky, “Everybody needs the hospital and what everybody does here is so important. People recognize the importance of the facilities we have here and I think that really contributed to the spirit of giving we saw at the auction. We’re very grateful to be able to present this donation, thanks to all those who participated.”
For more information on the Thunder Bay Hill City Kinettes, including how you can get involved with touching projects like this, visit hillcitykinettes.ca or find them on Facebook.