Whitehorse Community Thrift Store donates $100K to community organizations.

Whitehorse Community Thrift Store staff presenting the $75,000 donation to the Yukon Hospital Foundation. (Photo: S. Bonell)

The store's largest single donation of $75,000 went to the Yukon Hospital Foundation to purchase a new ultrasound machine for the Maternity Unit at Whitehorse General Hospital.

The Whitehorse Community Thrift Store Society is making huge donations to the community.

In a media release on May 8, the society announced that a total of $100,000 in store profits is being donated to projects and programs across the territory.

Included in these donations is the Whitehorse Community Thrift Store’s largest single donation to date: $75,000, which was presented to the Yukon Hospital Foundation at Love2Thrift on May 9.

Whitehorse Community Thrift Store President Joie Quarton says that the goal with of the donation was to help as many people in the community as possible.

“It’s always been the plan for our profits here to go back to the community,” said Quarton. “We’ve had a program for a couple of years called SOS, Sharing Our Success, where people make applications for several thousand dollars, and money’s gone out to all sorts of organizations.”

Quarton added that donations like this wouldn’t be possible without community members shopping at thrift stores in Whitehorse.

Tammy April is a board chair with the Yukon Hospital Foundation. She says the foundation is excited to put the donation to good use to help improve health care across the Yukon.

“In this case, we’re going to be helping pediatrics with some new obstetrical equipment,” said April. “That’s really exciting; to be able to see the work of these folks and have them appreciate the work that we’re doing at the foundation to try to make healthcare better for Yukoners.”

The Yukon Hospital Foundation is using the donation to purchase a Point of Care Ultrasound machine for Whitehorse General Hospital’s Maternity Unit, which will improve the quality of care for pregnant mothers and their newborns, according to a media release from the Yukon Hospital Foundation Wednesday evening.

Other recipients of the Thrift Store’s Sharing Our Success program include the Guild Hall Society, Raven Recycling, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, and Yukonstruct, for various community projects and programs.

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