OSMH Making Patients More Comfortable Thanks to Giving Tuesday

Annual Day of Giving Providing Funds for Blanket Warmers, Ice Makers

Orillia’s hospital already has plans for the funds coming in through Giving Tuesday.

Just over $12,000 will be put towards new ice machines and blanket warmers at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, thanks to the generosity of the public and a local dealership. Subaru of Orillia matched the first $5,000 of donations coming in through the hospital’s Giving Tuesday Gift of Comfort campaign, with another $2,000 donated on top of that.

“Not only was the campaign successful in terms of the funds raised, but it was also an opportunity to educate the public about seemingly insignificant pieces of equipment that actually have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of patients,” said Lisa Wanamaker, OSMH Foundation Development Officer. “Patients who are feeling anxious before or after a procedure will now be comforted by a warm blanket and nurses will be able to provide better care for patients without traveling to other floors to find ice.”

The fundraiser was centered around Giving Tuesday, this year on December 3rd, and celebrated the global giving movement that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day of generosity has steadily gained momentum across Canada since launching in 2013.

Banner photo courtesy OSMH; left to right: Lisa Wanamaker and Mark Riczu of the OSMH Foundation, Rob Stein and Mark Shivers of Subaru of Orillia