Fort St. John Hospital Foundation receives a small donation with a big impact

Myron Mayne


The Butler Farm Equipment is making a small donation to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation that will have a big impact on young patients undergoing treatment.

The Foundation received a packed freezer full of popsicles last week, on behalf of local residents Mike and Deborah Butler.

These tasty treats will be given out to children after they endure treatments or get a needle.

The Butlers heard about a similar program south of the border and thought it would be a great idea to bring to kids here in the Peace Region.

The Foundation says parents think a small initiative like this goes a long way.

“Parents said ‘you know, how much of a difference it would make for that child?’ having to come on a regular basis for those tests and particularly when their very little and just knowing it’s going to put a smile on a child’s face that day and just help them feel a little more at ease and comfortable during that procedure or before or after,” said Niki Hedges, Executive Director for the foundation.

To ensure no kids are left without a popsicle, the freezer is stacked with sugar-free and pure fruit options.

The Butlers say if it makes one kid smile, it’s all worth it.

The organization told CJDC that not only is it important to focus on big fundraisers, small details like the popsicle fund also make a difference to patients.

“The big things matter absolutely with the equipment that the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, thanks to our donors who were able to purchase but it’s the little things as well, those small details, that really just help the patients in the hospital and of course the parents,” said Hedges.

Although the Butlers are pleased to maintain the freezer themselves, the Foundation is also welcoming any funds to keep the freezer full.

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