EASLEY — Combining the beginning of the holiday season with a tradition of helping others, volunteers with Baptist Easley Hospital held a bake sale to raise money for those in need.
Volunteers with Baptist Easley Hospital have come together for 29 years to offer baked goodies and sweets along with homemade crafts all in an effort to make the lives of those who have medical needs better.
Tables lined the walls of the facility’s lobby on Nov. 24 as employees and visitors took home treats. All of the proceeds go to assist with Lifeline monitoring devices and wheelchairs.
The volunteer organization also sponsors a family each Christmas, helping to provide much needed items and a smile Christmas morning.
Volunteer Supervisor Chris Taylor said participation by the hospital’s volunteers was exceptional with upwards of 35 volunteers participating in either providing goods or manpower to oversee the sale itself.
Marga Burrell is one of those volunteers.
Burrell lost her husband, who she proudly recognizes as a veteran, two years ago and volunteering with Baptist Easley has become a major part of her life.
“Every dime goes in with the foundation to meet the needs of people who need it, and that’s what it’s all about,” Burrell said. “A lot of time and work went into baking and making these crafts and the fact all of the money, not just a portion, goes to the foundation says a lot, I think.”
Although some much needed medical supplies will be distributed, Burrell pointed out it is the holiday season and this was also an opportunity for employees to reconnect with one another as well.
“This is a good way for volunteers to connect with the employees of the hospital because we don’t see most of them on a regular basis,” Burrell said. “They work hard and many of them won’t have an opportunity to bake either so it’s nice to be able to maybe help them as well.”
The next bake sale is scheduled for Easter and will be held in the lobby of Baptist Easley Hospital as well.
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