Lights of Hope campaign begins its work

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Tammie Menard, community engagement officer with St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre, shows off the drop-off box where people can make donations to the Light of Hope campaign.

An annual holiday fundraiser for a large Cornwall long-term care facility has begun.

The 2012 Lights of Hope campaign, the chief revenue generator for the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Health Centre, began this month with a letter-writing campaign in search of much-needed dollars.

Last year the campaign raised nearly $16,000 to help fund projects at the St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre on York Street in Cornwall.

"For the foundation...this is our biggest campaign of the year," said Tammie Menard, community engagement officer for St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre, formerly known simply as "the Villa."

In the past the campaign has made massive contributions to the renovation work at the care centre, and has also purchased a para-transit bus so that residents can enjoy outings in the community.

Overhead lifts and special mattresses have also been purchased for some of the more than 200 residents of the facility. Many elderly and infirmed call the spacious care centre home.

Donations to the campaign can be made at St. Joseph's at 14 York Street, by mail and online. More information can be found at www.sjccc.ca.

Organizations: Continuing Care Centre

Geographic location: Cornwall, York Street

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