Just inside the front door of St. Mary’s Hospital is an unusual little shop. While hospital gift shops are hardly rare, it’s what’s inside St. Mary’s Wooden Horse gift shop that makes it special.
Operated by the Friends of St. Mary’s, formerly
St. Mary’s Auxiliary, the shop has been managed since 1984 by volunteers Carol Murphy and Carol Stroh. “We were asked to manage the shop for two years,” laughs Stroh. Twenty-seven years later the two Carols are still overseeing the staff of 34 volunteers and ordering most of the stock.
“People visiting hospitalized friends or family come in for flowers, cards, and we sell lots and lots of baby gifts,” Murphy says. “Hospital employees are also big customers, but many people come to the hospital just to shop.” The shop’s proceeds are donated to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and used to support a patient care project or program. “This year we’ll be able to give the Foundation $60,000,” Stroh says. “People tell us they like knowing their purchase helps patients because they appreciated the care they or a family member received at St. Mary’s.”
In addition to baby gifts, flowers, cards, jewelry, fashion accessories, plush toys, and other gifts, the shop carries items handmade by volunteer crafters and artisans who meet once a week to create blankets, hats, scarves, and this time of year, Christmas ornaments.
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
2635 North 7th Street Grand Junction, Colorado 81501