Over 700 area residents and donors made a Christmas wish with their donation this year.
Their wishes were to remember or honour a loved one by writing their name on a paper ornament, to be hung on the 12’ Christmas Wish Tree in the WDMH lobby.
WDMH Auxiliary Volunteer, Carmen Sanger said “the tree in the lobby was so full of ornaments; you could barely see the branches!”
This year, donors and matching gift sponsors worked together to ensure a record breaking year for the program.
Over $74,000 was raised, which is $25,000 more than last year.
The following sponsors donated a total of $12,000 to help match individual gifts: Dan R Equipment of Winchester/Plantagenet; MacEwen Petroleum; Russell Meadows Retirement Community; Riveredge Farms and; seven area Scotiabank branches: Avonmore, Chesterville, Findlay Creek, Morrisburg, Osgoode, Russell, and South Mountain.
Last year, over 800 gifts were made totaling over $49,000 in support of the highest priority needs at WDMH.
Over $650,000 has been raised throughout the last 14 years, supporting everything from redevelopment to equipment.
Troy Cross, WDMH Foundation Executive Director shared that “without the strong and much appreciated support from our donors, the highest priority needs at WDMH would be impossible to meet every year.”
He continued, “much of that support is received through this annual program, because it gives the community a chance to remember and honour those that have changed their lives for the better, and make a difference at the same time.”
Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation’s purpose is to raise funds to support WDMH in providing the very best of health care close to home for the residents, who are the heart of our community, and whose wellbeing depends on this fundamental right.