Partnering with Betty's, the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary has opened its first “pop-up” shop.
A variety of First Nation-themed giftware, including mugs, water bottles, and scarves, are for sale in the hospital gift shop.
A selection of fashionable sweaters rounds out the selection.
Blair Anderson of Betty's is pleased to participate in this project. “I like helping out organizations that do good for everyone,” he said.
Over the past few months, the auxiliary has been working to revitalize the hospital gift shop. A major source of funds for the auxiliary, it has seen revenues decline.
About 100 auxiliaries across the province were contacted to gather information regarding best-sellers, items no longer popular, and advice for gift shop success. Based on the findings, a number of new initiatives are underway.
Betty's “pop-up” shop is the latest idea.
“Our customers are looking for new products yet it is challenging for our small gift shop to purchase the required minimum number of items from wholesalers,” noted Marnie Cumming of the Shop Committee.
“Partnering with a local business allows us to have a greater variety of merchandise,” she explained.
“We certainly appreciate Betty's willingness to help fundraise for local health care.”
The hospital gift shop also just created a personal care section. Patients and their family members can purchase fleece lap blankets, hand-knitted slippers and cast covers, picc-line covers, and packages of personal items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and lip balm.
Local dentists have provided support.
The gift shop and its vending machines continue to be convenient sources of bottled water, juice, pop, and confectionery treats. With support from Pharmasave, a variety of no-sugar-added candies and boxed chocolates also are now available.
New parents and those looking for baby gifts can find a large selection of lovely homemade items, including sweater sets, receiving blankets, knitted blankets, and flannelette quilts.
The auxiliary has pledged $65,000 in 2018/19 to purchase a sterilizing process washer/disinfector. Revenues generated through gift shop sales are important to meeting this objective.
Cumming invites hospital visitors, staff, and the general public to stop by the gift shop on Monday to Friday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
As well, any other business interested in supporting health care close to home through a “pop-up” shop is asked to contact Cumming at 274-3368.