After many years of service to Angel Medical Center and the community, the AMC Thrift Store will be closing on June 27. This store has been one of the main fundraising means for the AMC Auxiliary which supports a variety of programs/projects at the hospital. Unfortunately, the thrift store has seen significant financial hardships. With that in mind, the AMC Auxiliary Board, along with support from AMC administration, made the difficult decision to close the store and look at other ways to raise money for the Auxiliary.
According to Judi Longworth, president of AMC Auxiliary, many financial factors went into this decision, such as decreased donations, decreased sales, and the variety of other thrift store options in our community.
“I would like to thank the many fantastic volunteers who have given time in the thrift store over the years and the community for supporting it by donating and shopping there,” stated Longworth. Longworth also said the current thrift store volunteers will be given the opportunity to volunteer in other areas of the hospital as they are valuable members of the AMC team.
Some of the recent projects that the AMC Auxiliary funded include a $20,000 donation to the new Cancer Center, stress test equipment, hygiene kits for patients, books for new mothers, and scholarships to AMC staff. Angel’s Auxiliary Board and Angel’s administration are already developing new fundraising ventures for the Auxiliary so they can continue to provide financial support. The AMC Auxiliary will be celebrating its 47th year of service to Angel Medical Center this fall and hospital administrators say the approximate 140 volunteers are a valuable asset to the Angel staff and the community.