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April, Volunteer Month!
3/22/12: Laurali Noteman
About the hardest thing I have to do while working with Kane County Hospital Auxiliary members is getting all to move around so they can be recognized in a photograph. They absolutely love their jobs at the Thrift Store but having their photo taken not so much. The general consensus of the group was, “Once you start volunteering at the Thrift Store it gets into your blood, we love to come to work and don’t want to quit!” They are often heard commenting, my husband/wife accuse me of liking to be at the Thrift Store more than being with them, hmmmm. That shows me what a great team they are. I did hear one complaint last night. “You can’t open your mouth in this group,” which was followed by a round of giggles. If you have an idea, mention it and the group thinks it’s a good idea whoever brought it up is suddenly in charge of it. They do vote on it but the victim doesn’t stand a chance.
As winter comes to an end, (yea) and spring pops up KCH Auxiliary members are gearing up for warmer weather. Beginning April 2 the Thrift Store will be offering summer clothing. To kick off warmer weather as well as say happy Easter to everyone there will be hidden paper bunnies or Easter eggs throughout the store from April 2 thru April 7th. Each treasure will have a prize associated with it.
Also with the onset of spring, they will begin offering Thrift Store gift certificates. What a great idea. Would you like to do something for someone special or a family that may be having a hard time making ends meet but your own funds are somewhat limited? Perfect idea, get get them a Thrift Store gift certificate. A $5 or $10 gift certificate will go a long way. No names were mentioned but one couple who frequent the store will come in and spend $50 at a time. They take the items and distribute them to those who could use them the most. It is individuals, couples and groups like these that make our area more than just a beautiful place to live they bring the warmth of our citizens into a soft focus.
Expenses were up a bit for February 2012. After the bid process was completed and awarded to River Construction, there is a new back porch on the building. Donations at times are set outside, that’s when the weather becomes a factor. With the new back porch, problem solved.
President Norton asked that we put out a call for volunteers. If you are 16 or older, have spare time and want to be part of new social network, try doing it with Thrift Store volunteers. To sign up stop by the volunteer center at 176 S. 100 E. or call 644-3696. Norton also wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to Ken Spencer for the time and talent he has donated, “He has really made a difference.”
KCH hosted the group to Subway sandwiches as KCH administrator Sherrie Pandya sincerely addressed the members. “Thank you. Your enthusiasm and volunteered hours not only benefit the hospital but the community. You truly make a difference to area. You provide a lot more than a helping hand to us (the hospital) you provide a wide variety of products for sale which are clean and still very useful, you have set the standard throughout theregion.”