Volunteers, Merchandise Needed for TMC’s New Resale Boutique and Resource Center

Teal Saguaro Final_RGBThe TMC Auxiliary is opening a new resale boutique and family resource center that will help support Tucson Medical Center’s non-profit  mission to serve the Southern Arizona community.

The Teal Saguaro is expected to open in early fall, providing shoppers an opportunity to get great deals on everything from clothing and footwear to household items, baby items, art, books and DVDs.

Proceeds from the shop, operated by the TMC Auxiliary, will provide direct support to the hospital and its programs, much the way TMC’s existing gift shops have supported mammogram services for underinsured women as well as Hospice programs and hospital building projects.

But Hope Thomas, the director of volunteer services and community programs, said the shop will enable TMC to directly serve patients and their families in other ways as well.

“We often have people come to TMC from areas as far-flung as Douglas and Sierra Vista, who literally had to jump in the car without packing anything so they could come be with their loved one,” Thomas said. Sometimes, that stay is longer than they might have anticipated, depending on the patient’s condition.

Vouchers will be provided to family members in need so they can get clothing at no cost. “People who are here with sick children or sick loved ones already have so much to deal with,” Thomas said. “We can at least ease their burden during that time.”

The site will also serve as a family resource center, where families in need can get help with car seats, booster seats, bike helmets and other injury prevention resources for children.

Before any of this can happen, though, the shop is going to need two very important things: Volunteers and merchandise.

Thomas said she’s looking for volunteers with positive mindsets who enjoy working with people. The setting could also be fun for folks with a bit of a flair for fashion or home design.

The shop isn’t quite ready to start collecting donations, but should be soon, so feel free to start that pile. “The rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it or used it in a year, it’s time to make room for something new,” Thomas said. “Here is a place where you can donate those items that you loved, but need to part with.”

Electronics, including computers and accessories, cannot be accepted. Large furniture items, as well as seasonal home decorations and tools or construction items also are excluded.

The 2,000-square foot building will be at 5395 E. Erickson Drive, which is behind the Wells Fargo bank across the street from the hospital’s Beverly entrance and which longtime Tucsonans will recognize as the site of the old Danny’s Pharmacy.

Anyone interested in volunteering or who wants more information, may call Christel Pettengill in volunteer services at 324-2419.

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