The Castlegar & District Hospital Auxiliary Society (CDHAS) has made a sizable contribution towards ensuring Castlegar students have food in their stomachs.
The group presented $1500 cheques to six local schools — Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre, Twin Rivers Elementary, Robson Community School, Stanley Humphries Secondary School, Blueberry Creek Community School and Kinnaird Elementary.
The society has been supporting local school meal programs for a number of years, but this year they made a larger donation to the programs than usual.
“The Auxiliary members felt that due to COVID-19, it was necessary to increase the amount of donation by $500,” said Nettie Stupnikoff, CDHAS director.
Money to fund the program comes mainly from sales at the Hospital Auxiliary Treasure Shop and the Auxiliary Gift Shop.
The Gift Shop at the Castlegar and District Health Centre had to close earlier this year due to the pandemic.
The Treasure Shop also initially closed for a period of time in the early months of the pandemic before eventually reopening. However, the store has once again closed its doors until further notice.
For more information about CDHAS or the Treasure Shop, visit castlegarhospitalauxiliary.org.