TB Vets donor Cathy is happy to support the Key Tag program, which involves receiving a key tag for a donation. If your keys are lost and then found, they can be dropped in any mailbox and returned. The donations are then used towards respiratory care in B.C. (Submitted photo)

TB Vets’ donation will purchase ventilator for Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Organization’s $50,000 grant is part of $1 million contributed across B.C.

TB Vets is supporting Abbotsford Regional Hospital with a $50,000 grant for a Hamilton T-1 transport ventilator.

The agency says that this multi-function ventilator delivers a compact, powerful, cost-effective ICU ventilation solution that’s appropriate for all patients – from newborns to adults.

The grant is part of a record $1 million in funding provided by TB Vets to hospitals and first responders across B.C. communities.

TB Vets CEO Kandys Merola said the donation is made possible through the generosity of donors, particularly through the Key Tag program.

“At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has put in perspective just how important and essential it is to have access to life-saving respiratory equipment, we are proud to have made such a significant contribution to the care of British Columbians,” Merola said.

Over the last year, 14 ventilators are among the critical respiratory equipment purchases made possible through the TB Vets Charitable Foundation.

Merola said TB Vets went through a tough time 10 years ago and thought they might have to close.

“But thanks to the support of our donors, we not only survived, but have been able to increase our reach, and to celebrate $1 million in donations for respiratory care, research and training this year,” she said.

Since 1946, when TB Vets introduced B.C.’s first key tag program, the charity has returned more than 510,000 keys. This year’s key tags will be mailed in mid-October, around Thanksgiving.

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