Allana Ferro and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) Auxiliary are already planning a gift for the first baby born in 2015.
The group doesn’t know if the baby will be a boy or a girl or who will be the lucky mom, but the auxiliary starts thinking about the annual gift basket well before they have any idea who will be receiving it.
“We do this every year, so it is always on our schedule,” said Ferro. “But, we start getting serious about it mid-December.”
The auxiliary has been working with the local hospital since 1946, and has been doing the gift baskets every year since.
Ferro says it is part of the organization mandate to help patients in KBRH and this annual project perfectly exemplifies that idea.
“We are about patient care and comfort and giving assistance in the hospital,” she said, adding that a lot of the time, hospitals can be sad places. “It is great to be able to share (in the happier moments). We had a new father come in (to the gift shop) who had his baby (on Sunday) and he was so excited to pick up all of the little stuffed animals and things.”
The auxiliary hopes to provide that same excitement to the family of the first baby of 2015.