Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be Held for Good Samaritan's Gift Shop

Good Samaritan’s Gift Shop, Gifts and More, has moved to a new location in the Gibault Memorial Tower and will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate. The ceremony will be on Thursday, October 22 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) outside the Gift Shop entrance.

Hospital volunteers through Good Samaritan’s Auxiliary run the Gift Shop. The shop is open seven days a week with 32 volunteers who work various shifts throughout the month. There are over 180 volunteers throughout the hospital serving more than 30 departments equaling 23,000 service hours. The profits of the Gift Shop and fundraising activities through the Auxiliary compose the monies that are donated each year to the hospital.

The first donation was in 1964 for a $135 television to be placed in the OB Department. This year the donation will top $100,000. “We are making our last $50,000 payment to complete the five year $250,000 pledge to the Second Century Campaign,” stated JoElla Coots, Volunteer Services and Gift Shop Manager. “We are also purchasing the electronic bill board sign that will be installed in front of our new entrance to Good Samaritan.” In addition to these donations, the Auxiliary also contributes $500/month to Social Services that assist patients who need money for prescriptions, food and other necessities. Over the years, the Auxiliary has donated more than $1.25 million in equipment and furnishings to Good Samaritan.

The new gift shop is located on the first floor of the Gibault Memorial Tower between the Health Pavilion and Dayson Heart Center entrances. “Our new shop is beautiful,” added Coots. “Everything really reflects the grandeur of the new building and we welcome everyone to stop by and take a look at what we have to offer.”

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