Care Center gift shop donates items to residents

Located inside North Big Horn Hospital and New Horizons Care Center there is a small gift shop, operated entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Debbie Wassmer is one of the volunteers who take turns overseeing the gift shop located at New Horizons Care Center. Patti Carpenter photo
Debbie Wassmer is one of the volunteers who take turns overseeing the gift shop located at New Horizons Care Center.
Patti Carpenter photo

“They give a lot of time and love to the operation of the Gift Shop and require nothing in return but smiles and happy faces from the people that they serve,” said volunteer Marion Leonhardt. “You can usually find someone there Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Occasionally, you may find the Gift Shop closed due to unexpected circumstances, but don’t be downhearted for the next day will surely bring an ‘open’ sign.”

The gift shop is not the only fundraising project carried out by the volunteers. They also put on their annual Soup-n-Pie bake sale in October, have a “Tree of Love” to collect gifts for residents at Christmastime and a raffle. The group also accepts donations, including memorial donations, which Leonhardt said “are always appreciated and received most gratefully.”

“Since there is no profit for this little gift shop, every year in the springtime a meeting is held to determine the amount of money to give back to the hospital and the care center,” explained Leonhardt. “The only funds kept in reserve are those for operational expenses, such as buying pop and candy and
ice cream bars and, of course, items to sell in the gift shop.”

In 2015, the Gift Shop used the money to pay for the following items: education computers, multipurpose room tables, mammogram gowns, EMT radios, a BBQ grill and grill cover, a TV for Pod 3, a DVD player for Pod 3 and books
for the education department. The items were valued at $7,800.

“With the help of Care Center residents and hospital and Care Center employees, our little tiny gift shop continually performs amazing achievements year after year,” said Leonhardt. “We are also open
to the public, where you are always welcome to our gift shop.”