The Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary says 88 poinsettias were purchased anonymously to help bring joy to the hospital over the holidays. (Unsplash)

Poinsettia purchases help bring joy to Victoria General Hospital over the holidays

Auxiliary pleased with anonymous donors and 700 poinsettia purchases

The Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary is thrilled by this year’s response to its annual Poinsettias for Patients campaign.

The Auxiliary sold nearly 700 of the festive plants to help finance amenities and equipment for the hospital this year.

READ ALSO: Poinsettia program at Victoria General aims to make children’s lab visits more positive

“We are trying to improve the ambulatory lab and make it more kid-friendly,” said Val Smith, Auxiliary vice president. “Having blood taken can be traumatic enough, so we’re trying to make it feel more calming.”

Smith was also pleased to see 88 poinsettias purchased anonymously for the enjoyment of those who will be in hospital over the holidays.

The Auxiliary is the main fundraiser for the Victoria General Hospital, with volunteers running the hospital gift shop and selling Purdy’s chocolate. The non-profit has raised millions of dollars over the years to help with purchasing equipment and less practical items, such as cheering up the facility with plants.

The organization’s biggest achievement to date is the creation of a rooftop garden with trees and tables for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers known as Oasis@3North: A project of the Auxiliary.

The Poinsettias for Patients campaign sells plants grown at Hilltop Greenhouses each year. The plants are sorted at Strawberry Vale Community Centre and delivered just before the start of December.

READ ALSO: Littlest Victoria General Hospital patients benefitting from new donation

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langford man battling cancer honored with hot rod, motorcycle procession

Friends and family support Patrick O’Hara on his 73rd birthday

Langford Fire calm mother and daughter after being trapped in elevator

Three-year-old girl given stuffed animal to calm nerves

Langford businesses can expand onto sidewalks, public spaces

Council passes new bylaw supporting business expansion

Capital Regional District prepares to reopen regional campgrounds

Camping will look different at Island View, Sooke Potholes, Jordan River sites

‘Seven baths in two days’: Homeless adjusting to life in hotels

Victoria passes motion to allow camping 24-7 in parks until June 25

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch

The NHL unveiled a return-to-play plan that would feature 24 teams

As SD84 schools look to reopen, Kyuquot and Zeballos opt out

Schools in Tahsis and Gold River will open on June 1, with 30 per cent students expected to come in

B.C. sees 9 new COVID-19 cases, one death as officials watch for new cases amid Phase Two

Number of confirmed active cases is at 244, with 37 people in hospital

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

Most Read