People will have the opportunity to purchase baby items, books and baked goods this Thursday as Hardin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary holds its new 3B Sale fundraiser.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the hospital’s fifth floor in Auditorium 5A.

Former auxiliary president Pat Howell, who is handling public relations for the event, said this is the third fundraising event for the organization, including the Glitz and Glamour Rummage Sale, which was launched last year.

The idea to have multiple fundraising opportunities stemmed from attending Kentucky Hospital Association meetings, networking with hospitals and seeing how they fundraise, she said.

“Our gift shop is our big fundraiser and that supports many, many things. But if we want to do anything extra, we decided to come up with just a couple projects a year,” Howell said. Although they might not make more than a few thousand dollars a year on those projects, she said it’s pure profit.

“We didn’t have to buy anything. We didn’t have to spend anything,” she said.

Howell said the money raised from the events goes toward causes inside and outside of the hospital. She said they hope to give a portion of the sale to the Alzheimer’s Society.

“We want to give back. We don’t stay just within the hospital. We are a giving organization internally and externally,” she said.

Howell said they began accepting donations for the sale on June 3 and already have had a tremendous outpouring of support. If people want to donate, she said there are two 50-gallon tubs sitting outside the HMH Auxiliary Gift Shop.

Howell said they are taking baby items, including clothes — newborn up to 4T — baby books and small toys, along with books ranging from fiction and nonfiction to self help and more.

“Whatever we don’t sell, we give to Hosparus,” she said.

As for baked goods, Howell said they would prefer those be dropped off the day of the event.

Any locals who are unable to make it to the hospital to drop off items can call 270-723-6447. Howell said they will try to make an arrangement to pick up the goods.

For those who plan on shopping Thursday, Howell said to plan on coming early for the best buys, noting they sometimes have bargains later in the day.

“You’ll get bargains late, but you’ll get the best buys early. Depends on when you want to shop,” she said.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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