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After being shuttered for a year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, one hospital giftshop operated by volunteers, opens it’s doors once again.
As COVID-19 restrictions and protocols begin to ease, the Del Sol Medical Center Auxiliary volunteers have returned to work at Del Sol Medical Center’s gift shop.
Pat Olson, President of the Auxiliary, says her volunteers were more than ready to get back to work.
“We’ve all missed it so much, I had people calling ‘when can we come back?’ because they all wanted to be back in the hospital helping the visitors and patients, Olson shared.
Beyond the assistance for visitors, the gift shop plays an important role in fundraising for the Auxiliary’s scholarship fund.
“The gift shop is where we get money for scholarships for medical students… they apply twice a year, all the profits go into a special account for the scholarships, they’re all local…from UTEP, Texas Tech and EPCC,” Olson added.
Since the Del Sol Gift Shop opened in 1977, they have raised over $900,000 dollars for local scholarships. The program is funded primarily by proceeds from the Del Sol Medical Center Gift Shop, which is maintained and operated by the Volunteer Auxiliary.
Hospital officials added that all volunteer workers have been fully vaccinated before returning to their volunteer roles. Additionally, the volunteers will continue to follow the safety protocols of wearing PPE and properly sanitizing all surfaces.