Region 8 hospital holds sale for scholarship fund

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - If you're looking for a deal on some jewelry you might want to head to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Thursday and Friday, the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Auxiliary is holding a Christmas jewelry sale. The public can expect to see a wide variety of jewelry, scarves, watches, cases and much more.

Auxiliary President, Pat Gifford, says the proceeds are going to a very worthy cause. "We hold this jewelry sale at the hospital every December to try and raise money for a scholarship fund."

Gifford says they've held this fundraiser for a number of years. "We try to give one thousand dollar scholarships. While it may not cover everything, it does help. We're just happy to help people. That's what we do."

Shannon Gomer is a former recipient of the scholarship. She now shops at the jewelry sale every year to help others who find themselves in the situation she once was. "As a recipient of the scholarship when I was going to college myself, it helped me so much. And now I have kids in college, like many of us do, and I can't afford it. It's so expensive. And so, scholarships are the greatest thing since sliced bread."

Gomer says she can remember the scholarship money from the Auxiliary making a big difference when it came to her college expenses. "I could use it for tuition, books, whatever I need to use it for. It makes a big difference. It really does."

Gomer is now out of school and an RN at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. Gomer says she's proud her money is helping others and finds the location for the jewelry sale easy to get to. "It's so convenient being right here at the hospital. They're great prices for Christmas gifts. They're all just five and ten dollars and this is very important. It's a great thing they're doing with this jewelry sale."

The sale will last from seven in the morning until five on Thursday. The ladies will open for more business on Friday from seven until four. There are one hundred and sixteen active members currently with the Auxiliary.

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