Clara Murray has been volunteering her time and knitting expertise to the Trail Hospital Auxiliary for two years. Murray was sharpening her knitting needles and picking out a colour of wool to begin a set of baby booties for the new year.

Trail hospital waits for New Year’s baby

While there is no word yet on the first baby of 2014, KBRH has 5 expectant mothers due within the first few weeks of January.

Knitting needles at the Trail Hospital Auxiliary are click-clacking as volunteers wait to hear if booties and blankets for the New Year’s baby gift basket should be a shade of blue or tint of pink.

Although there is no word if the stork has arrived at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH), the maternity ward does have five expectant mothers due within the first few weeks of the new year.

“We had a couple of deliveries Christmas Eve but it has been quiet since then,” said Karina Poznekoff, maternity/pediatric patient care coordinator. “We look at it like every delivery is exciting and the day of the week or year doesn’t matter,” she explained. “But we definitely have to make more phone calls to the community about the New Year’s baby because so many donations are made to the newborn and mom.”

Throughout the year, members of the Trail Hospital Auxiliary donate their time and creative energy to weave the tiny and colourful woollen sweaters, booties, hats and blankets that are sold in the KBRH gift shop or donated as gifts to various community charities.

“Everything in the New Year’s basket is made by our ladies,” explained Karen Hadley, president of the auxiliary. “We have a room full of balls of wool that have been donated,” she said. “So when someone would like to knit for us, we give the person the wool and they donate the item back to the gift shop,” Hadley continued. “Some of the clothes are so fancy and fun like little ladybug sweaters. We even have one lady who makes frilly dresses and nightgowns for us out of the goodness of her heart.”

The Trail Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1943 with a mission to raise funds to advance care and comfort of those in need and provide funding for patient related equipment and programs.

Today, the charity’s presence is felt throughout the hospital and the impact of the volunteers’ commitment is hard to miss. This year, the 60-member organization brightened the KBRH Health Foundation’s Critical Care campaign with a $30,000 contribution made during the annual Light-Up the Hospital’s Pledge Day (Dec. 6) and a $4,000 donation slated to maintain the hospital’s gardens.

The once 100-plus member group has dwindled over time but each day a team of at least 10 volunteers don a bright red auxiliary vest to man the lobby’s information booth, deliver mail within the facility, hook up patient TVs, visit the bedridden or run the gift shop.

“We don’t get the volunteers like we used to,” said Hadley, a 34-year auxiliary member. “But we keep going because we are an important part of keeping the hospital running each day.”

After suffering cardiac complications in KBRH 34 years ago, Hadley was compelled to join the organization.

“I had open heart surgery when I was only 34 years old, which was unheard of back then,” she said. “I’ve used the system so much that I felt I really needed to give back.

Just Posted

More parking meters vandalized in downtown Trail

City of Trail: The parking meters parts budget had been overspent by $26,000 at the end of July

Trail councillors will all be acclaimed

One Trail candidate has withdrawn, leaving six remaining candidates to fill the six council seats

Under the Trail big top

The Trail Sk8 Park broke ground in July, completion is expected next month

RCMP: Trail wildfire investigation continues

The fire broke out behind KBRH the late afternoon of Sept. 11

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email it to

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

B.C. doctor weighs in on the kid ‘screen time’ debate

A Maple Ridge mother opens up about her children’s use of tablets, smartphones and television

B.C. councillor’s expenses being sent to the RCMP

Decision to have expenses audited and shared with RCMP taken at special meeting of council

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Legal society poster seeks complainants against two cops on Downtown Eastside

Pivot Legal Society became aware of allegations made against the officers after a video circulated

Jury to deliberate in case of Calgary man accused of murdering woman

Curtis Healy could be convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter

House arrest for man who abused disabled B.C. woman, then blamed her

‘Groomed complainant’ and ‘violated position of trust,’ judge says

Liberals want to know what Canadians think of legalized weed

The federal government will comb social media for Canadians’ pot-related behaviour

Most Read