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Over $70,000 awarded from KMC Gift Shop proceeds


February 26, 2017
Sunday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - It’s lovely when there are tangible results of kindness.

The women who volunteer at the Gift Shop do that very thing – their hard work morphs into baskets of self-care items for chemo patients, wheelchairs for Long Term Care residents, sleeper beds in the Birthing Center and, this year, a used car for caregivers to travel from the Craig Clinic to other places on Prince of Wales.

Our Foundation Gift Shop volunteers voted for these and 13 other requests at their annual luncheon Saturday, February 18th. They meet yearly to consider requests from PeaceHealth Ketchikan departments and distribute the proceeds from the shop.

Gift Shop volunteers deciding on how to use the proceeds from the shop during Saturday’s luncheon, February 18th
Photo courtesy PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Proceeds from the small shop in the Ketchikan Medical Center lobby usually yield about $35,000 for grants. This year was different. The volunteers were able to award over $70,000 to various PeaceHealth Ketchikan departments.

“We went back through the finances from past years,” said Foundation Director Matt Eisenhower. “We had been starting fresh each year but we found not all past year’s grants were distributed plus we had generous donations to the Gift Shop this year.”

Quoting a PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center news release, "We are so grateful to the hard work and dedication of these generous ladies who give their time each week to run our amazing Gift Shop."

This year’s awards are:

  • Wheelchairs for LTC $3900

  • Cups for the chairs $380

  • Nutrition Education Materials $250

  • Transport Monitor-Family Med $3915

  • Silk Flowers-Prayer room $200

  • Bibles $100

  • Chemo comfort baskets $1800

  • Toys for Child Care $1800

  • Sleepers Chairs-Birthing Center $6150

  • Window Blinds- Birthing Center $6800

  • Bathtub for Occupational Therapy $240

  • Pediatric and adult PT equipment $900

  • Tests/Workbooks-Speech Therapy $750

  • Noise cancelling headphones $2200

  • Arts supplies/games-social services $500

  • SUV for POW clinic $24,670

  • Landscaping/planting $17,000




Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center



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