b'Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! BUY LOCAL!Dear Editor I recently had my kitchen renovated and bought my The pledge was completed in record time and even inappliances, floor tiles and backsplash from Homestead COVID times! Furniture and Appliances.The Auxiliary to the Port Perry Hospital is pleased toThe staff at Homestead were very helpful, and announce that on November 1st they presented the finalpatient, throughout my decision-making process. payment of their pledge to the Here For You CampaignUnfortunately, a few months after receiving my in support of the CT scanner for the Port Perry Hospital. refrigerator, it did not work anymore - a problem with The pledge was for 4 years and it was completed in 1the cooling unit. year and 7 months. Then, to my surprise, the technician told me a part In total the auxiliary contributed $350,000 towardshad to be ordered and it would take at least 2 weeks to the CT scanner. arrive, and I was having company visiting from out of When it was decided by the auxiliary members totown in a few days! pledge $350,000 there was some nervousness becauseI was so upset and decided to call Homestead for COVID was raging and most fundraising was notadvice on what to do next. I got Manager Tyler Renaud possible.But the auxiliary had been carefully savingon the phone who said, Let me call you back in about funds for some time hoping to use them for the CTan hour. I had no idea what to expect. scanner.And Camilles Closet Thrift Shop was still ableIn less than an hour Tyler called back and told me he to be open, although sometimes sporadically. was sending a loaner fridge to my house the next day Camilles Closet has been the only source ofand I could keep it until my fridge was repaired! fundraising for the auxiliary for the past few years and itI couldnt thank him enough! All he said is, Its what has been a most rewarding venture.The volunteers whowe do. I do not think another company would have been work there love their work, the customers who shop atso helpful and I was so happy to have bought local! The Closet like coming there and, very importantly,It was over 3 weeks before my fridge was repaired! there are excellent bargains to be found. Thank you, again, Tyler for being so generous and The auxiliary would like to thank the customers whohelping me out of what could have been a disaster! I am come to Camilles Closet to shop. Without you we wouldso happy to live in such a wonderful, caring community! not have been able to complete the pledge as quicklyRose Gibsonas we have or to donate other needed equipment to the Port Perry Hospital. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To those unfamiliar with Camilles Closet, pleaseOOPS!come and see what treasures you might find, whileLETTERS CORRECTIONknowing that you are supporting the Port Perry HospitalIn our December Thumbs column (page 46) we as you shop.All funds raised will be used to purchasegave a Thumbs Up to the Scugog Mens Hockey equipment for the Port Perry Hospital or for hospitalLeague for their donation of proceeds from their upgrades.golf tournament to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NorthCamilles Closet is located in the BMO/Food BasicsDurham. In fact, the $22,500 was split between plaza and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday BBBSND, Community Care Durham and Durham 10 a.m.4 p.m. Ride For Dad. We apologize for the error.Ruth SpearingAuxiliary PresidentPlease turn to page 22.COOLLIINNSSTTRRAAIILLEERR HAPPYC&AAUUTTOOSSEERRVVIICCEE NEW YEAR&Trailer Parts175 North Port Rd. & Repairs 175 North Port Rd. Port PerryPort Perry, ONL9L 0B7905-982-7777 905-982-7777FOCUS - JANUARY 202321'