Deck your halls with help from St. Mary's
November 20, 2012
You might not think of shopping for Christmas decorations and gifts at a hospital, but you should. Just inside the front door of St. Mary’s Hospital is an unusual little shop—the Wooden Horse. Operated by the Friends of St. Mary’s, the hospital’s auxiliary group, the shop is managed and staffed by volunteers.
Not only is the shop’s stock special, but where the store’s profits go is special, too. The shop’s proceeds are donated to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and used to support a patient care project or program. “This year we’ll be able to give the Foundation $75,000,” says volunteer Carol Murphy, who has co-managed the Wooden Horse with Carol Stroh for the past 28 years. “People tell us they like knowing their purchase helps patients because they appreciated the care they or a family member received at St. Mary’s.”
In addition to baby gifts, flowers, cards, jewelry, fashion accessories, plush toys, and other gifts, the shop carries items handmade by volunteer crafters and artisans who meet once a week to create blankets, hats, scarves, and this time of year, Christmas decorations.