Marie Salamoun-Dunne, President of the Prince County Hospital Auxiliary, displays some of the items that will be available at their annual used clothing sale on April 25 and 26. Ancelene MacKinnon – Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE – The Prince County Hospital Auxiliary is preparing for its annual second-hand quality clothing sale and plans to make the community look good doing it.
President Marie Salamoun-Dunne said the auxiliary’s aim is to support Prince County Hospital and the people it serves, with the clothing sale being a great way to achieve that.
“This is a way we know we can make money each year and it’s a project we can easily organize,” said Salamoun-Dunne.
The sale will take place at the hospital on April 25, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on the 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A variety of ages go to the sale and there’s something for everyone, she said.
“We have quality-used clothing for women, men and this year we’re going to have children’s items and for infants at a very reasonable price.”
They purchased a number of racks this year to allow for a better display of all their items, which also include purses and shoes and it’s mostly all donations from their members, family and friends, she said.
Salamoun-Dunne has been volunteering with the auxiliary for many years and appreciates the support from the hospital staff.
“They’re our greatest supporters for this sale.”
Anything that isn’t bought, does not go to waste, she said.
“The auxiliary at Western Hospital has a second-hand shop and we give the clothes to them.”
Debbie MacLellan was president for the Prince County Hospital Auxiliary for two years and enjoyed working on the used clothing sale.
“It’s a good project. It gives the ladies a chance to get together and work and see the results at the end of the day.”
The sale is important because it raises money for a lot of expensive hospital equipment that will need to be replaced, said MacLellan.
The sale usually raises more than $1,500, she said.
“The staff at the hospital seem to appreciate it, they’re very supportive.”
Salamoun-Dunne said she volunteers because she loves to give back and she knows the hospital helps everyone in the community.
“I think everyone who volunteers knows how great it feels to be able to volunteer.”
Every year the auxiliary donates between $35,000 and $50,000 to the hospital and they hope that can continue.
The upcoming project is a lot of work, but she’s happy she’s a part of it.
“People love that we have the sale and they thank us.”