That is the place your buy helps sufferers

Within the spirit of the vacation season, those that really consider giving is healthier than receiving could need to take into account the Reward Store of Mid Michigan Medical Heart — Midland as a spot to purchase that particular somebody a gift.

Not solely will your present deliver a smile to the face of a member of the family or buddy, however you possibly can stroll away from this procuring expertise figuring out that any buy you made will profit the medical middle and its sufferers.

That’s as a result of all proceeds from the volunteer-run present store’s gross sales return to help medical wants similar to gear upgrades — and the rest they will consider to make sufferers really feel as snug as doable.


“The volunteers do an ideal job of taking a look at gear and different medical middle wants when deciding the place they need the cash to go,” stated Diana Brookens, volunteer supervisor. “Blanket heaters are massive. We’re all the time taking a look at gadgets to boost the sufferers’ keep and make them extra snug. We additionally have been capable of buy a vein mild. While you do an IV, it’s generally troublesome to discover a vein.”

The Reward Store has been a key a part of the medical middle since its inception in 1954, 10 years after the unique Midland hospital opened its doorways. It’s situated on Degree 1, off the principle foyer. It’s open to the general public and affords recent flowers and presents for each event. 

“We’re like a hidden treasure,” Brookens stated. “We provide a large assortment of vacation decorations and presents. Now we have loads of great gadgets to select from.”

These present concepts have been on full show through the Reward Store’s current annual Vacation Open Home. This kick-off to the season noticed the store broaden its choices to 5 convention rooms and into the Reward Store foyer.

Brookens has served because the medical middle’s volunteer supervisor for 10 years. She oversees about 200 grownup volunteers who work in 15 core service areas. They are often discovered working on the reception desk, popcorn cart, emergency division, and now are even serving to out within the in-patient behavioral unit.

“Our volunteers’ presence will be felt just about throughout the campus,” she stated. “I benefit from the interplay with the volunteers and the friendships I’ve fashioned. They bring about a breath of recent air to the medical middle.”

Vacation buyers can do the identical with a purchase order from the longstanding Reward Store at Mid Michigan Medical Heart — Midland.

For the medical middle’s fiscal yr July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, volunteers donated $76,400 to the Complete Most cancers Heart’s Capital Marketing campaign, which was raised via present store gross sales ($61,000), popcorn gross sales ($5,400) and the Volunteer Oversight’s Board’s $10,000 contribution.

All this help was generated regardless of COVID-19 making it one of the crucial difficult years within the Reward Store’s lengthy and profitable historical past.

The multifaceted volunteers have pledged to just about double final yr’s pandemic-marred contribution.

“We sometimes meet our pledges to the Mid Michigan Well being Basis,” Brookens stated. “Between the present store and popcorn gross sales, we hope to have a pledge of $140,000 paid by June 30 of 2022.”

For these searching for volunteer alternatives in Midland, “Thrilling issues are occurring right here with sufferers in thoughts,” Brookens stated. “We’re actually enthusiastic about supporting our Complete Most cancers Heart that we’re breaking floor on within the spring of 2022 with a goal completion date of 2024. It’s rewarding to know your efforts as a volunteer right here end in so many individuals and their households in our neighborhood being helped. Volunteers are an integral a part of our well being system.”

Vacation buyers ought to cease on the entrance desk to get a customer go earlier than getting into the Reward Store. For hours, go to www.midmichigan.org 

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