Decorating for a cause


A team of hard workers spent last week putting together Christmas goodies for others; they may not have been elves but they were just as happy to be helping out. The Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary group marked its eighth year selling handmade Christmas wreaths.

The group sets up shop once a year in a space donated by a local business to sell the wreaths. With 206 wreaths to sell at $35 for the hand decorated, double-sided decoration, the wreaths usually sell out pretty quickly.

All funds raised go to the hospital each year and are usually earmarked for a specific project. This year it is the new minimally invasive surgical suite. The auxiliary has pledged to contribute $25,000 toward this project. The group is also helping out with the cost of a music therapist by contributing $35,000 over a three-year period that is being split among a few other groups as well.

“Our mandate is to provide patient care and comfort,” said auxiliary member Sharon Macdonald. The group was thrilled by the help they received from local businesses to hold the wreath fundraiser. The location and some materials were all donated by local businesses and a few extra helping hands carried the 206 wreaths of all sizes into the selling space, courtesy of the New Glasgow Pee Wee C Bombers hockey team.

From the left: Sharon Macdonald, Virginia MacLeod, Jane Marshall, Elaine MacDonald and Brenda Smith — all Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary members — show off one of the wreaths and decorations they have for their annual fundraiser.

(Brimicombe photo)