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  • Volunteers Enjoy Working at Hospital Thrift Store
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    Published - 02/28/14 - 01:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mary Helen Anderson and Len Levine are two longtime volunteers at the Hospital Thrift Store in St. George. More volunteers are needed to help there.  Photo courtesy Dixie Regional Medical Center
    Mary Helen Anderson and Len Levine are two longtime volunteers at the Hospital Thrift Store in St. George. More volunteers are needed to help there. Photo courtesy Dixie Regional Medical Center
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - After suffering a massive stroke, Len Levine’s hospital bill was overwhelming. He was unable to work and unsure how he could take care of it. Then he met with financial counselors at Dixie Regional who adjusted the bill based on his ability to pay. Close to half his bill was forgiven.

    “I was so grateful that I wanted to do something to try and repay the hospital’s generosity,” Len said. “So as soon as I was well enough I started volunteering at the Hospital Thrift Store. I’ve been here six years and love it.” Len has experience working in retail, so he says it is fun for him to help set up displays and put out merchandise in the store. But his favorite part is working with people and helping the thrift store fulfill its mission.

    “All our profits help support the charitable mission of Dixie Regional Medical Center,” said Natalie Cripps, thrift store assistant manager.

    “We also do a lot of other things to help the community,” she said. “We fill assistance vouchers for people in need from the Dixie Care & Share, the Dove Center, and the Washington County School District. We’ve also started a new community outreach partnership with The Learning Center for Families. We offer ‘Free Friday’ at 9 a.m. every Friday, allowing community members to come take items for free that we can’t sell in the store. Plus we have recycling programs for cardboard, metal, electronics, and even clothing. And we partner with another nonprofit to send clothing to third-world countries. That’s why I choose to work here — because of all our great causes.”

    The thrift store is located at 76 W. St. George Boulevard and is staffed mainly by volunteers. Cripps said the volunteer workforce is at its lowest level ever. There are a variety of assignments and flexible hours — eight-, four- and even one-hour shifts.

    “We volunteer because we want to help people,” said volunteer Mary Helen Anderson. “Our service in this store helps a lot of people. It is very satisfying and gives me new energy.”

    To find out more about volunteering at the thrift store, call 435-688-4047 or visit http://volunteer.intermountainhealthcare.org. The thrift store also relies on and welcomes donations of gently used items and those who shop there.

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