Auxiliary works to raise funds for hospital equipment

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The St. John's Hospital-Cassville Auxiliary is working to raise funds to purchase a replacement treadmill for the Jack Byrd Wellness Center. In addition to luncheons and bake sales, the auxiliary collects funds through the hospital gift shop, located in the facility's lobby.

"We have done really good this year, considering the economy," said Nona Selby, auxiliary member and gift shop volunteer. "We have really been blessed that the people in the community continue to partner with us."

Over the last year, the auxiliary was able to collect enough funds to purchase a medical cart for the hospital and award two $1,000 scholarships to area graduates.

With the wide variety of merchandise and gift products available at the St. John's gift shop, it is easy to see why the auxiliary has remained successful over the last year.

The gift shop offers everything from musical, animated plush animals and 50-cent greeting cards to an assortment of Father's Day and baby shower gifts.

Other items available at the Auxiliary's gift store include: picture frames; baby clothes; candy; reading glasses; purses; Rada knives; trial-size hygiene products; and over-the-counter medications.

"We need someone to make scrubbies for us," said Selby. "They are very popular, and they work better than most of the name brand ones."

The gift shop also offers the St. John's Hospital-Cassville co-worker cook book and 25-cent paperback books.

"People have been very kind and continued to donate paperback books to us," said Selby.

The St. John's Hospital-Auxiliary is also accepting new members. Individuals who join the organization must be willing to volunteer time to help with fundraising efforts that support the local hospital.

The St. John's Hospital-Cassville Auxiliary Gift Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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