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Recycling Project Raises Funds for Babies


December 22, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - A Ketchikan General Hospital fundraising project has raised just under $900 and has saved almost a ton of aluminum from ending up in a landfill.

jpg Recycling Project Raises Funds for Babies

Left to right, are OB RN’s Christy Showalter, Diana Porter, and Susan Walsh.
Photo courtesy KGH

The New Beginnings Birthing Center began Recycle Sunday, the monthly aluminum recycling program, just over a year ago. “We’ve raised monies that we’ve used to buy comfort measures for moms- to-be like massage tools, birthing balls, and kneeling pads. We’ve also bought teaching videos for the Childbirth classes and mannequins for the child CPR classes,” said Lauralynn Williams.

Williams, manager of New Beginnings reports that two bales of aluminum have been sent south. “We average over a hundred pounds a month. The City has been a great partner in the project. Holding the aluminum until we reach a bale weight and notifying our maintenance department when it is ready for shipping south, which is instrumental in our success. Not only have we raised money but we’ve also followed the PeaceHealth core values of respect for the environment and the stewardship of resources.”

The next Recycle Sunday is January 2. Collection is the first Sunday of the month in the lower covered Physicians Parking area at the hospital from 10a-4p. Contributors are asked to crush cans when possible and empty their bags in the larger bag to make weighing the aluminum easier.

Williams says, “It’s a benefit for everyone. We raise money and we recycle. We care for our babies and their future in more ways than one.”


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Ketchikan General Hospital


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