Branch 560 Royal Canadian Legion Makes $23,542 Gift in Support of Medical Equipment

KHSC, PC, Evelyn M and Legion members standing with cheques. Funds donated by Branch 560.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560, and its members have been serving our community for more than 62 years. Today, they announced a gift of $23,542 to Providence Care and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). Each year, the branch and its members raise funds through the annual Poppy campaign as well as other activities. Their gifts support the purchase of medical equipment and education bursaries in Kingston.

This year, the branch presented KHSC’s Kingston General Hospital site with funds to support the purchase of specialized wheelchairs and KHSC’s Hotel Dieu Hospital site with pediatric crash carts. In addition, they presented Providence Care’s long-term care home, Providence Manor, with funds to purchase two commodes which will be used during personal care activities for residents.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560, is one of more than 400 branches in Ontario.  Together, they are one of the largest service-oriented organizations in Ontario. Members are dedicated to honouring and preserving the memory of fallen comrades and they provide assistance to living veterans and their dependants. They are committed to support local organizations through many fundraising activities.

“Branch 560 is pleased to present more than $23,000 to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation to purchase medical equipment at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care,” says Merrill Gooderham, President, The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560. “Our members are dedicated to our branch and, together, we strive to improve health care in our community. We are proud to make this donation.”

“We are so thankful from the ongoing support from the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560 who has been a tireless supporter of Kingston Health Sciences Centre. It is fitting that a portion of these funds were raised, in part, through the Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign as a way to remember the men and women who have given their lives to serve our country. Their sacrifice continues to have an everlasting impact for all Canadians as donations like this one allow us to provide the highest-quality healthcare to the patients and families of Southeastern Ontario.” – Mike MacDonald, Executive Vice President, Patient Care& Community Partnerships, Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

“For Kingston-area residents in need of long-term care, Providence Manor stands out for its compassionate, respectful care of aging and frail individuals. Gifts such as those made by the Royal Canadian Legion allow us to purchase necessary equipment so that we can continue to provide safe, high quality compassionate care to the people in our region who need it most.” -Kyle Cotton, Administrator, Providence Care’s Providence Manor