Hospital Auxiliary will hold final yard sale at CMC

Another chapter of the Chilton Medical Center era will come to a close Friday as the Ladies Auxiliary holds its final yard sale.

Items from the closed hospital’s gift shop—including jewelry, scarves, stuffed animals and more–will be on sale beginning at 7 a.m. in front of CMC. The sale will last until 3 p.m. or when the Auxiliary members run out of items to sell.

“Such a sad time for all these ladies who have given so much of their time to the hospital, employees, patients and the community,” said Anne Taddicken, who served as CMC’s Auxiliary liaison. Taddicken has taken a position as volunteer services manager with Gentiva Hospice.

Juanita Hearn, current Auxiliary president, said the group of 17 women remains committed to staying together in hopes a new hospital eventually opens in Chilton County and would need their help.

The Auxiliary was founded in 1971.

In addition to helping at the hospital, the Auxiliary has traditionally donated to Raleigh’s Place and the Chilton County Department of Human Resources, especially as a way to help needy families at Christmas.

Hearn said proceeds from the sale will be used for those causes.

Auxiliary members could have other volunteer opportunities in the community, such as helping at Gentiva, Taddicken said.

“There are many roles of a hospice volunteer, such as administrative, community outreach, making arts and crafts for patients as well as direct patient care, which would involve companionship for a patient, to relieving family members and friends for a short time,” Taddicken said. “Our hospice volunteers go through an orientation similar to an orientation given by the hospital so they are well educated in the history and philosophy of hospice care as well as communication skills.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at Gentiva should call Taddicken at 755-1505. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

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