In October, Thrifty Foods stores across Vancouver Island and the mainland sell pumpkins in support of local healthcare. One dollar from every pumpkin sale goes to the hospital foundation within each store’s region. On Central Vancouver Island the branches in Parksville, Long Wood Station, and Port Place Mall raised $4,182 for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
This recent gift will help purchase medical equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). NRGH is the community hospital for Central Island and the referral hospital for all communities north of the Malahat. Brenda Rositano, of the Hospital Foundation, said “the dedication of Thrifty Foods to support progressive healthcare demonstrates the company’s vision to provide health and wellness for both its clients and staff.” Store managers emphasize that the donation would not be possible without their customers buying pumpkins each year. Since 1998, Thrifty Foods has given more than $165,000 to the Hospital Foundation in order to provide progressive healthcare on Central Vancouver Island.