‘Hundreds of families’ benefit from KHSC donations by Kingston Farm Boy

Representatives from University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) joined the team at Kingston Farm Boy on Monday, Jul. 8, 2019 to receive a cheque from the local grocery store which will benefit KHSC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and KidsInclusive. Pictured here (L to R): Farm Boy smployee Sanchez, Wayne Owens, Vice Chair of UHKF Board of Directors, Evelyn Maizen of the UHKF Board of Directors, David Jeffrey, Manager of Kingston Farm Boy, Kerri-Lee Bisonette, Program Manager of Pediatrics/NICU at KHSC, and Farm Boy employee Eileigh.

Since opening its doors to serve the local community, Kingston Farm Boy has directed funds to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. On Monday, Jul. 8, 2019, that tradition continued.

This year, Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and KidsInclusive are receiving $6,171 in funding from Kingston Farm Boy.

According to acting President and CEO of the UHKF Karen Humphreys Blake, hundreds of children and families that will benefit from the store’s support.

“Thank you to Farm Boy from all of us at UHKF,” Blake said.

The store has raised $34,056 to benefit local families and children since opening in 2013. Over the past six years of operation, the Kingston Farm Boy has donated funds raised from their twice annual special events towards the UHKF.

Kingston Farm Boy manager David Jeffery said that they feel it is important to support local healthcare.

“Ensuring the health and well-being of children is one of the most important things we can do as a community,” Jeffery said. “We are proud to support our hospitals, but we really couldn’t do it without the generosity of our customers.”

KHSC’s NICU at the Kingston General Hospital site is the only high-risk obstetrical centre for southeastern Ontario, and has advanced medical technology and specialist care services for sick and premature newborns. Formerly known as the Child Development Centre, KidsInclusive provides rehabilitation and support services for children and youth with physical, neurological and/or developmental challenges across the region at KHSC’s Hotel Dieu Hospital site. 

“We are so thankful for the support we have received from Farm Boy,” said Kerri-Lee Bisonette, Program Manager of Pediatrics/NICU at KHSC. “Donations like the one announced today ensure we have important equipment at our fingertips, allowing us to continually provide high-quality care for our smallest patients.”

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