Members of the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary most likely don't care if praise is heaped their way. After all, they are volunteers, and the majority of those who volunteer do so out of the kindness of their heart.
But we would be remiss if we did not recognize the work these volunteers accomplish daily for our community.
The organizations has been with us, in some fashion, since 1934, helping and comforting patients and visitors to the downtown health care facility.
In addition, throughout the auxiliary's 80-year existence, its members, via fundraising, have donated millions of dollars to the hospital to be used toward renovations, remodeling projects and purchasing medical equipment.
Many things they do daily also may go unnoticed.
The City Hospital's gift shop and snack bar is staffed by auxiliary members. The receptionists at the front desk are auxiliary volunteers.
But these volunteers also are active with patients and their families. They serve as liaisons between hospital staff and relatives of surgical patients, as well as assist patients in the cardiology, wound care and MRI sections.
The auxiliary maintains the vending machines, replenishes the magazines in the waiting areas, and provide Lifeline emergency alert systems to those elderly who live at home.
There are 120 volunteers, including some men, on the current auxiliary roster, and the hours served the hospital have reached as high as 9,800 in one calendar year. We can't thank them enough for what it is they do.
The organization's largest fundraiser - Mad Hatters Tea Party & Luncheon - is Saturday at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge. We urge you to attend, and help raise funds for this vitally important part of the community.
Support the ELCH Auxiliary!