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Closer to JoeAnna's House

Sick kids at Kelowna General Hospital got a helping hand this Christmas.

The KGH Foundation received $37,490 from Central Okanagan Shoppers Drug Mart stores' Better Together campaign this fall.

The money will help build a temporary home for new mothers with sick babies that will be called JoeAnna’s House.

Lisa Dear of Creston gave birth to her son seven weeks premature at KGH.

“When my nurse told me that Zach needed to stay for several weeks in the KGH (neonatal intensive care unit) but that I was being discharged, I was stunned,” Dear said. “I had no idea where I would go. Having JoeAnna’s House would have been so, so helpful.”

Social worker Laura White says the new building will “significantly reduce the emotional and financial burden” on such families.

The $8-million campaign recently also received a $100,000 donation from the Cops for Kids charity.



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