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December 16, 2014 9:01 AM

Members of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation made multiple stops to help out nonprofit organizations in Lloydminster. - Don Whiting Photos

The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation took Christmas spirit to a new level when they made rounds across town last week dropping off generous donations to various organizations.

They started at the Lloydminster Hospital where they announced the donation of a chemistry analyzer, a piece of equipment worth $100,000, as well as a vein viewer for the chemo unit. After that they made their way to the Jubilee Home and dropped off a big screen television and a popcorn maker.

“We also went to Pioneer Lodge and we are going to purchase them a fridge for their waiting room, so they can keep sandwiches and things like that available for the residents all day long,” said Wendy Plandowski, CEO of LRHF. “Then we went to the Native Friendship Centre and we provided them with an automatic defibrillator as part of our heart beat of the community program.”

After that they went to the RCMP building and dropped off two more automatic defibrillators then headed to Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre with another handsome cheque. All of this was done in the space of under two hours, an endeavour that could give Santa Claus himself a run for his money.

All of the funds raised for these gifts came through different events and donations and some third-party events like the Cutter Rally for Cancer.

“We’ve been working hard on getting our grant requests through all of the protocols and everything that we go through to ensure that the grant requests are enhancing health care,” said Plandowski. “So on Monday we had a committee meeting and then it passed through the board yesterday and then we really literally decided to do this this week and go around to the hospital and the senior facilities and give back.”

The organizations were given less than 12-hours notice that the people from the LRHF were going to be swinging by with these donations, making it a true surprise for the recipients.

“Our board passed all of their motions this week and then the care and comfort things are part of our Christmas Giving Back,” Plandowski said.

“We have care and comfort donations that come in regularly for our seniors and long-care residents, so we have been working hard at trying to figure out the best way to give back and this just popped into our minds today.”

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