Members of the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary want to thank you for your generous  support.

Members of the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary want to thank you for your generous support.

Thrift shop generates big returns

You’re getting great deals and supporting good causes with every item you buy

When you shop at the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store, you’re getting great deals and supporting good causes with every item you buy. “Your support is key to a vibrant and healthy community,” says a recent auxiliary media release.

Things your purchases have helped support:

• In 2012 the Auxiliary donated $37,718 matching dollars with the Chemainus Health Care Foundation to create the palliative care hospice room.

• In 2014, $80,000 in donations went toward three medication carts, a dishwasher, hip protectors, slings for lifts, four low beds, Tri- Turners, a 56 inch TV, a vein finder, fall mats and more.

• In 2015 the total donation to the Chemainus Health Care Centre was more than $50,000, which covered the costs of fall mats, overhead lights, an overhead lift for urgent care, an air conditioner, an ECG machine, warming cupboards and gift bags for new residents.

• Also in 2015 the Auxiliary made significant contributions of over $120,000 to the Cowichan Valley District Hospital, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, BC Children’s Hospital and the Victoria Hospital Foundation.

The Auxiliary also donates to Cops for Cancer, Providence Farm, the Chemainus Valley Museum, the Variety Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, Cowichan Food Connection, student bursaries and Harvest House Food Bank.

“The Auxiliary is very proud to donate to health facilities and services that serve the residents of the Cowichan Valley,” says the release.

It’s main source of income is the Thrift Shop at Willow and Oak Streets. Donations of gently used household items, sporting goods, clothing, books, and other items are sorted, cleaned, priced and sold by the more than 180 dedicated volunteers.

To donate items for sale drop them off: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Auxiliary is also very appreciative of monetary – including ‘in memoriam’ – donations.

If you would like to volunteer or make a financial contribution contact the auxiliary at 250-246-2476 or You can also keep in touch at The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop page on Facebook.


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