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Nonprofit’s success helps hospital

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Picking out their favorite items at the Barton Memorial Hospital Gift Shop are, from left, Linda Thompson, BMH Foundation executive director; Chris Henderson, gift shop chair; Judy Cefalu, auxiliary parliamentarian; and Bill Gordon, Barton Hospital chief operating officer.

The gift shop at Barton Memorial Hospital, staffed by members of the nonprofit Barton Hospital Auxiliary, is breaking all sales records. The shop has gifts, infant wear, flowers, See’s Candy, cards, toys, jewelry, cheese balls – and kindness. The gift shop is open every day in the lobby of the hospital and proceeds go to the hospital.

“I enjoy being the BMHA gift shop chair,” said Chris Henderson. “We are breaking past sales records this year thanks to our volunteer staff and many loyal and new customers. On my buying trips I shop with everyone in mind. We love to see the staff, patients and visitors explore and browse over the numerous items. Few leave with making a purchase.”

Judy Cefalu, who is the auxiliary’s parliamentarian, said, “I remember when we had a small room just off the old hospital lobby. This new space is warmer, larger and perfect for the needs of all. I just pull up, park, buy and I’m out in no time. The free gift wrapping is a fabulous plus.”

“Not just another place to shop at the South Shore – it is one of the best,” said Linda Thompson, public relations and foundation representative for BMH. “Like the Barton Foundation, the auxiliary helps the hospital and community as a member of the Barton family. We are both from the same trunk of the tree; our branches reach out to all. Everyone enjoys shopping at the gift shop.”

Bill Gordon, Barton Memorial Hospital CEO, said, “We would not have a gift shop if it were not staffed by the dedicated auxiliary members. It is a healthy space to visit, but I love the See’s candy and nuts, (which is available year-around,) and, of course, the famous and delicious handmade auxiliary cheese balls a holiday time.”

According to Vicki Hanes, auxiliary publicity chair, the gift shop has been a year-round favorite at Barton for years and is a welcome spot in the hospital for patients, visitors and the community.

“People see the shop immediately when they come through the front doors. They walk in happy and leave satisfied. Chris has done a wonderful job as chair and is a smart buyer. She shops for all age groups.”

Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is open to new members. Applications are available at the hospital front desk, the Attic thrift store, the gift shop and online at


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