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They work quietly in the background, providing helpful services when needed, with no thoughts of recompense or recognition. They have served the community by manning health clinics, such as 'the blood donors', oral polio vaccine and the T.B. Survey. They assist at the Retardate Asscn. and Hospital Aid teas. They taught Red Cross and St. John's Ambulance home nursing, thus enabling the St. John's Ambulance Brigade to be formed. And they have probably made many other worthwhile contributions to the community that we are not aware of.
Our tribute to this noble organize tion is to record a few of their good deeds in this book.
At the present time, Mrs. C. R. Fraser is the President.
THE HOSPITAL LADIES' AID
The importance of the Hospital Ladies' Aid cannot be over emphasized. From the days when the Court House was used as an emergency hospital to the present time, a group going under the above name has worked for the benefit of the hospital and the comfort of its pa tien ts.
Many student nurses must have pleasant memories of the social events and graduation exercises which were sponsored by them as well.
The ladies in the beginning sewed all the linens, also supplied wool blankets, gowns, slippers and bed throws. Today they purchase small and large equipment for the care of the patient. Electric dish washer, electric dryer, meal mobile, 60 quart food mixer, stainless steel equipment for every room and Hi-Io beds are a few of the larger items.
The average active membership is around 30 and the Aid meets on the fourth Friday of each month in the Elks Hall.
Although helping to make the patient's stay more comfortable is the primary objective, the Aid also helps with the Cancer Fund Drive, Senior Citizens and the National Hospital Day.
Funds are raised through the generosity of the community with a Tag Day, Spring Tea and Domestic Table, and with the help of the Lions Club, a Rag Drive.
A rose is put on every patient's bed table and a toy is given to every child in the hospital on Christmas day.