FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Home Hardware made a generous donation to the Fort St. John & District Palliative Care Society Thursday morning, gifting teddy bears, blankets, heated blankets, and other comfort items.

The items will be used in the Palliative Care Society’s bed program and go to those in need – residents wishing to pass away in their own homes, from terminal illness or old age.

“Our community here in Fort St. John is always so good, we’ve never ever had issues. Palliative care is not something that people really want to think about,” said society chair Michelle Roberts. “It’s wonderful, it’s nice to see the community coming out and donating.”

It’s been a challenging two years with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Roberts is hopeful life will return to normal soon.

She said the society is working to establish a hospice by the Fort St. John hospital and also wants to bring back so-called “death cafes”, where community members can gather to talk about grief and loss. Those have been put on hiatus during the pandemic.

“Through COVID, we had to dissemble those suites and allow those rooms to be used for COVID patients. We’re hoping when all this settles down, we can re-establish those suites,” she said.

Despite the pandemic, Roberts feels the community continues to have a big heart, donating time, money, and resources. The society is currently looking for volunteers, and is happy to train anyone willing to lend a hand.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the society can call at 250-787-2814 or find them online at fsjcares.com