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Medical Guild planning Rummage Sale set for Sept. 30 & Oct. 1


September 8, 2021

Back Row l to r: Gwen Ophus, Helen Richter, Thelma Hansen, Tammy Whetham, Lisa Genereux, Jolene Williams, Roberta Edwards, Reggie Jappe, Lisa Sipler, Front row l to r: Mary Gibbons, Ann Quinn, Lil Foussard, Dee Pribyl, and Renee Hansen.

The Big Sandy Medical Guild had a good turnout for planning the annual rummage sale for their luncheon meeting.

They canceled last year's event, but they plan to have the event from September 30th-October 1st. So start getting your rummage sale items boxed up. This year's funds will go to repairs in the kitchen that haven't had any work done since 1986.

It wasn't just a planning meeting for the rummage sale at their meeting Leah ? gave an update of the medical center. Big Sandy Medical Center has received approximately $1.8 million. Leah said, "The money came from the COVID Provider Relief funds. The use of those funds had to be COVID-related. Proof of the use of the funds has to be submitted to the federal government by September 30th." The medical center gave hazard pay to the staff, bought new flooring throughout the facility, a new nurses station, purchased Randy Bauetee's building for storage and new offices, a new fan, a new generator, a CT Scanner, and a new tractor. She also reported the medical center is level yellow which still requires masks to be worn.

It is a lot of work to organize and run a large rummage sale. Twelve departments need volunteers; check out folks, pie sales, housewares, jewelry, books, movies and music, toys, bedding, fabric and crafts, adult clothing, kids clothing, holiday, shoes, and outside( furniture). Besides the 12 activities that need to be done before the rummage sale even starts; flyers, passing out flyers, mailing flyers, highway signs, how best to get the word out, ads, social media, ladders found, raffle, display at the bank, PA system, raffle record keeping, and garage stuff. And cleaning up the whole thing by boxing items not sold and making the final plans. Clearly, they need volunteers to pull this off.

It isn't just this group of women that are needed but others who are willing to support their medical community by working and getting involved in the Medical Guild. Many of these women have done the work for years and need younger men and women to step up and give back to their community by supporting the Medical Center. If you are interested in giving back, contact Lisa Sipler at the Big Sandy Medical Center.


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