SUMMERSIDE — There are still countless racks, bins and bags of clothing to sort through and just a few weeks left until the Prince County Hospital Ladies Auxiliary’s annual Clothing Sale.
There are clothes still with tags, other items that have been barely worn and winter coats that look like they’ve never seen the cold or snow.
The clothing will be for sale at the Prince County Hospital’s St. Lawrence Room on Feb. 28 and March 1, with all proceeds to aid the auxiliary’s work in support of the hospital.
The annual event has become one of the auxiliary’s biggest fundraisers, raising more than $2,000 last year, said member Marie Salamoun-Dunne.
“We’ve had these sales for many years. This year we have quite a variety of men’s clothing and it is because of a donation we had. We have lot of clothes for babies and a lot of clothes for women,” said Salamoun-Dunne. “Basically, auxiliary members ask friends for clothes. That’s really where they come from. There are people at the hospital who know we are having the sale each year and they keep clothes for us.”
All clothing, priced from a couple of dollars to up to $20 and more for items such as winter coats and new items, has been gently used.
“We appreciate all the clothes that are donated but we don’t want to get overloaded,” said Salamoun-Dunne. “Most clothing has been donated on hangers. That makes it so much easier.”
Thursday was spent sorting through the clothing, arranging it on hangers and by size on racks so that the day before the sale the racks could be easily set up.
“Proceeds go to all the work that the auxiliary does, and we support projects both at the hospital and in the community. Most of our monies go to the (PCH) foundation and it is used to buy equipment,” said Salamoun-Dunne. “We do have the option and the ability to support some small community events as well. We also have a special relationship with Community Mental Health and the mental health program at the hospital and we support functions that they have and needs they may have. We have little requests that come in from across the hospital, for example we bought some Christmas decorations this year for ICU.”
The sale goes 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 1.
Any leftover clothing will be donated to the Western Hospital Ladies Auxiliary to be sold in its used clothing store, which is open year round.