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  • Writer's pictureLinda Neylan

FH Hospital Auxiliary

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

We’ve had another busy and productive month at the Fairfield Harbour Hospital Auxiliary! We started October off with our semi-annual Bake Sale that coincides with the Community Yard Sale that was held on October 7th. Our breakfast quiches and casseroles were in high demand, along with all the homemade sweetest of baked goods, but once again, our fresh-from-the-oven delicious cinnamon rolls made and served by Jenny Nebe were a big hit! The bake sale did very well, along with our 50/50 raffle, especially for our very own Clare Ostrosky, who won $88.00! Mary Lou Infinito and her team set up an FH Hospital Auxiliary booth at the yard sale, where auxiliary members donated household goods and decor to sell. She and her team did a fantastic job with a 25% increase over last spring! All the funds raised in these events allow the auxiliary to purchase materials we need to knit, crochet, and sew blankets, baby hats, toys, lap robes, surgery pillows, etc., for patients at CarolinaEast Hospital.

On October 21st, the Harbour will be having its annual Fall Craft Fair. The Hospital Auxiliary will be selling & serving a hot lunch of either delicious homemade potato soup or chili. We will also be hosting a Friendship Wine, Cheese, and Dessert event at the Community Center on the evening of October 18th. We hope new members will think about joining the Auxiliary and share their ideas and talents. Then, the holiday projects will be coming to a climax with 150 baby blankets and warm beanie hats being delivered to the hospital Woman and Children’s Pavilion in November. Each baby born during the month of December will receive one of these beautiful sets. Then, our final project for the year will be stuffing 200 stockings with lots of essentials and goodies for patients who are in the hospital over the Christmas holiday. Afterward, we will have all the stockings delivered to CarolinaEast for Santa’s big arrival with Mrs. Claus on December 22nd. He and Mrs. Claus will then begin delivering them to each patient on every floor! Auxiliary member Betty Lou Krasenics shared a beautiful story regarding a patient who was hospitalized a few years back, and the woman felt so isolated and alone until Santa walked in and gave her a stocking, and chatted with her. The lady was so moved by this gesture of kindness that she was overwhelmed with tears of happiness. The woman has long since recovered, but she shared that each year, she hangs that same stocking up in her own home and always thinks about that act of kindness that people she didn’t know shared with her and made her heart so happy. Needless to say, that story made all of us in the Auxiliary reflect on how we can make such positive differences in people’s lives with caring, kindness, and spirit.

This is why we do what we do!

The FH Hospital Auxiliary meets on the third Monday of almost every month at the Community Center from 9:30 to 10:30. The Auxiliary does not hold meetings during the summer months of July and August. It’s a great way to meet new friends and become involved in our community by helping CarolinaEast Medical Center. Please join us and see what we’re all about. Our organization is completely free of cost, and for membership information, you may contact our Chairperson, Ruth Blackwell, or Darlene Madorma, Membership Chair.

Janell Ringuette (L) and Mary Florence setting up the 50/50 Raffle.

Cindy Scalion serving warm casseroles & quiche.

Pam Gaskill (L) & Clare Ostrosky working the 50/50 Raffle.

Janell Ringuette (R) awards Clare Ostrosky with $88, who won the 50/50 Raffle!

Bake Sale Crew from L to R: Janell Ringuette, Cindy Scalion, Mary Florence, Lucille Durst, Jenny Nebe, & Linda Neylan.

Joyce Stull (L) & Mary Lou Infinito working at the FH Yard Sale for the Hospital Auxiliary.

Ruth Blackwell holds one of 200 Christmas stockings made for hospital patients.

Ruth Blackwell shares that the Knights of Columbus Council generously gave the Hospital Auxiliary $400!

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