The MRHC Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Open House and Craft Sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital’s gift shop with proceeds from the sales going to provide college scholarships.
The craft sale is held in front of the gift shop and there will be refreshments available — which will provide samples of the spiced cider and dip mixes which will be available for sale within the gift shop.
Shoppers can expect everything from the homemade crafts sold in front of the shop to the commercially-made but unique items inside the gift shop itself.
The handmade crafts will range from hand-warmers and scarves, baby blankets and holiday home decor items to useful items for senior citizens such as walker aprons. The walker aprons attach to a walker and have useful pockets to aid in carrying small items from room to room.
Within the store, there will be a wide range of Christmas home decor items, holiday scented candles by Capri Blue (a candle-maker in Starkville), beautiful Christmas ornaments, jewelry, collegiate items and rustic seasonal decor to tempt everyone.
“Every shift I work it’s hard not to shop and go home with a big bag,” said Peggy Treadway, MRHC Auxiliary.
Prices range from $1.95 wax melts — in tempting holiday scents to brighten the season — on up. There should be merchandise to fit any taste or budget.
While pointing out a display of snowman-like s’mores ornaments and a variety of “slinky” stuffed animal ornaments, MRHC Auxiliary member Mel Goad said the gift shop is full of unique gifts that cannot be found anywhere else.
The MRHC Auxiliary, a.k.a. the “Pink Ladies” because of their distinctive pink jackets, is a volunteer organization. Among other duties, the Auxiliary runs the hospital’s gift shop.
The purpose of the Auxiliary is to aid the hospital, direct visitors and provide assistance. It is an important work and provides a friendly face to people coming to MRHC to visit a patient or for patients coming for medical treatment.
The money earned each year from the gift shop helps fund scholarships for young people going into the medical profession.
“I hope we do really well this year. The better we do — the more scholarships we can give. We have a lot of worthy students out there who need help,” said Marilyn Easter, MRHC Auxiliary and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
(For those who would like to work as a volunteer for the MRHC Auxiliary, an application can be picked up at the hospital gift shop, or simply ask one of the Pink Ladies at the information desk.)