This past year has been especially difficult for many groups that rely on fundraising due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. In July the Foundation received a request for funding from the Dr. Helmcken Hospital Auxiliary. Halfway to being able to purchase a new ventilator for the hospital their activities were curtailed. Through funding obtained from the Community Foundations of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, the North Thompson Communities Foundation was able approve and support the application of the Hospital Auxiliary and award a grant of $27,000. The ventilator has been purchased and today the Auxiliary and the Foundation gathered at the Hospital to view the new portable ventilator.