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Monday, December 22, 2014

Pincher Creek Health Centre elves prepare Christmas cheer for patients

Volunteers Sue Possnett, Linda Conley, Carol Fitzpatrick, June LeGrandeur, Bev Barr, Joyce McFarland, Edith Warkentin, Joanne Evans, and Rae Olds (Volunteer Coordinator- AHS)

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While everyone appreciates the care delivered at Pincher Creek Health Centre, no one looks forward to being a patient during the holiday season. Thankfully, a clever gang of ‘elves” stockpiled a supply of well-stuffed stockings to brighten the spirits of those who had to be hospitalized over Christmas.

“The volunteers did an amazing job, in fact many who helped last year came back again” says Pam Vamplew, AHS Volunteer Coordinator for Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek.

“Thirty adult stockings and seven stockings for kids were assembled, and the nurses at Pincher Creek Health Centre will help Santa by handing them out to patients over the holidays,” Vamplew explained.

The volunteers sewed stockings themselves, then got together December 8th to stuff them with socks, crossword puzzles, pens, lotions, nail kits, tissues, candy, plus toys and stickers for the kids. Dr. Bonertz of Creekside Dental Clinic also supplied toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste for patient stockings.

“A $300 donation from Windy Slopes Health Foundation got us rolling, along with support from McRae Trucking and Dr. Bonertz,” Vamplew said.

"While the foundation has tackled some big projects over the years, a simple thing like a stocking can make a great impact too," said Donna Schauerte, foundation Chair. “The staff love playing Santa and the foundation board is delighted to help in our small way."

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