Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer raised money from their end-of-the-summer “Give a Little” campaign. On Sept. 30, this money was then donated to two local hospital foundations. Owner Val Hyska (left) gives a $500 cheque to Leigh Costello, Community Fundraising Specialist for the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation for their “Cutting Edge” campaign. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer raised money from their end-of-the-summer “Give a Little” campaign. On Sept. 30, this money was then donated to two local hospital foundations. Owner Val Hyska (left) gives a $500 cheque to Chris Doucette, Executive Director of the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation for their “Focused on You” Diagnostic Imaging Campaign. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Your Independent Grocer’s “Give a Little” campaign benefits hospital foundations
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday October 22, 2020
At the end of every summer, Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG) asks its customers to donate to its “Give a Little” campaign.
This year, a total of $1,000 was collected from clients, eager to help out in whatever way they could.
This generosity was then divided between the two local hospitals, with funds for the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation (PRHF) and the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation (DRDHF).
“We felt that this year out of any year, with all that is going on with COVID-19, that we wanted to give a little hand to our hospitals,” said owner Val Hyska.
“We think it is important for us to give back to those who are helping places that are helping us,” she added.
The yearly fundraiser sees money being returned to different organizations in the community according to local need.
“We are so fortunate that this year, they chose the Pembroke Regional Hospital,” said Leigh Costello, Community Fundraising Specialist for the PRHF, adding the money will help their “Cutting Edge” Campaign to modernize the surgical floor and fund the cost of new orthopaedic equipment. It is nearly at its end goal of $2.5 million.
By overhauling its surgical patient’s rooms, the hospital will address safety and functionality while enhancing the patient experience post-surgery.
“We are always blown away by the support of local small businesses,” said Costello. “It is always inspiring.”
DRDHF Executive Director Chris Doucette echoed those sentiment. Funds for his foundation have dipped due to current world events and donations are vital.
“Community support is really the only way we survive,” said Doucette.
Currently, money donated to the DRDHF goes towards their “Focused on You” Diagnostic Imaging Campaign. This major campaign aims to raise $1.75 million to replace old diagnostic imaging technology and move to industry-standard digital technology, which will include the purchase of a portable x-ray machine, a new x-ray machine and ultrasound equipment.
“When the community, and especially organizations come together to donate to such good causes, it is really beneficial to the hospital because it allows us to contribute to the needs that we have at the hospital,” said Doucette.