By Marianne Curtis
Book lovers and collectors alike mark your calendars for October 18 to 20 because the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary Book sale will be taking place at the Clearspring Mall in Steinbach.
Verna Thiessen with the Bethesda Auxiliary says volunteers have already been hard at work for the past month sorting thousands of books, records, tapes, magazines, puzzles, and games priced to be sold.
“We are grateful to have gotten use of a room in the back of Sobey’s where we’ve been sorting Tuesdays,” explained Thiessen. “We are still collecting items until the week of the sale and looking for volunteers for sorting and during the sale.”
Thiessen says the Auxiliary hopes the sale will fundraise a good portion of the $10,000 needed for their next project during the fall sale.
“We have raised enough money to pay for the resuscitation unit for the recovery ward so we have a new smaller project,” Thiessen added. “We are buying suction units for each room in the rehabilitation unit; right now if someone is choking they have to get the portable suction unit which could be anywhere but where it is needed.”
She noted that the Auxiliary chose a smaller project this time because the need was so great.
“They need these machines as soon as possible,” Thiessen continued. “The quicker we raise the money for the suction machines the quicker we can move on to our next project.”
Over the years, the Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary has hosted several successful sales which have raised over $200,000. The money is used to purchase medical equipment for BethesdaHospital deemed necessary for patient comfort or safety but not funding through Manitoba Health programs.
Books can still be dropped off until the week of the sale. There is a drop off bin in front of Sobey’s at the Clearspring Mall. Volunteers are also needed. Anyone wishing to contribute can contact Tina Dyck at 204-326-9563.