By Kitsey E. Burns firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2, 2014
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s 16th annual used book sale will take place Feb. 14-24 from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital, located at 180 Parkwood Drive in Elkin. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Hospital Foundation and Director Jeannette Hendrick said it’s an event people look forward to each year.
“We used to hold the sale Monday through Friday, but a few years ago we decided to extend it to include the weekends so that more people would have a chance to come by and shop,” Hendrick said. “You wouldn’t believe the kinds of things you can find. We have several people who collect old books and they love to come and look through what we have.”
The sale is open to the public and includes hardback and paperback books, in addition to DVDs, CDs and video games. Paperbacks are priced at 50 cents, DVDs and CDs $1 and hardbacks $3. Those wishing to donate items for the sale may drop them off anytime at the hospital’s main reception desk. Donations are tax deductible.
Pat Baugus, a registered radiology technologist in the imaging department at the hospital, is one of the sale’s biggest supporters. The first year of the sale she donated 35 boxes of books.
“I’m an avid reader,” Baugus said. “I read a lot of different books and I always recycle my books and this is a great way of doing that. The sale supports the Hospital Foundation, which is one of my favorite charities, so it’s a win/win for me.”
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been a non-profit organization since its inception in the 1930s and donations have always been an integral part of its operation. In 1997, the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation was established to better facilitate the process and provide needed services for hospital patients and their families. Hendrick said that money comes not only from local patrons but from donors in 32 states and several foreign countries.
“People want to give. They love their community hospital,” Hendrick said. “Our donors also come from other places because they may have had a friend or family member here.”
Teddy bears for the pediatric patients and yarn that volunteers use to create prayer shawls and caps for newborns and chemo patients are just a few of the special things that donations help to fund.
The foundation also chooses a major project to focus on each year. Last year it raised money to renovate the hospital’s wellness pool where heart patients or patients with arthritis can participate in low-impact aerobic exercise. The mammography unit of the hospital also has undergone several upgrades and been able to purchase new equipment thanks to the foundation.
The book sale next month is just one of the many events the foundation hosts in order to support the hospital. Books left over from the sale will be sent to the Hospital Thrift shop, located on Main Street in Elkin. For more information about the HCMH Foundation or the book sale, call 527-7457.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @ripplereporterk.