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Gift shop opens at FCH

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Salem Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for the Fulton County Hospital Gift Shop on March 29. The new gift shop is staffed by volunteers. From left to right are volunteers Venita Harris, Melba Arrington, Loreta Davis, Director of Volunteer Services Pam Johnson, Avis Romine, Elizabeth Redfearn, and Hospital Administrator Joe Hammond. In back are Salem Chamber of Commerce members Sandy Hodges, Patricia Watkins, Holly Pate and Sherry Jackson.
Ready for a brand new shopping experience in Fulton County? Then make time to come to the new Fulton County Hospital gift shop to find the perfect presents for friends and family.

The new gift shop was a labor of love for Director of Volunteer Services, Pam Johnson and her crew of volunteers. "I started being Director of Volunteer Services in October of 2008 and at that time, I had other obligations throughout the hospital," said Johnson. "About six or eight months later, they put me just over the volunteers and at that time I had hoped for a gift shop. When they did the new remodeling, they picked that area as the gift shop, but it wound up being a vending area. After Mr. Hammond came and I got with him and told him my wishes for a gift shop, he pushed for it and we got it, and all the volunteers helped, and the maintenance department did a great job, and we opened March 8."

Johnson does all of the buying for the store and she's stocked it full of an assortment of gift items featuring something for everyone.

New Gift Shop at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem.
"We are carrying GreenLeaf products, including candles, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, reed diffusers and just about anything in their candle and lotion line that you want," said Johnson. "We're also carrying the M.C. leather handbags, and the day we got those in was our biggest sale day. We have quite a bit of jewelry, and our most expensive piece of jewelry is $25 and we also have a lot of fun $5 jewelry. On different occasions, I make up baskets for people's loved ones. I plan on doing Mother's Day and Father's Day baskets and anyone can call and place an order for those. We have silk floral arrangements and we have connections with Flowers R Us, and they will wire flowers to anyone. I have Ty Beanie Babies, pink ribbon items, inspirational items, and of course, we have greeting cards, windchimes and balloons."

Hospital Administrator, Joe Hammond is very proud of the job Pam and her volunteers have done putting the gift shop together.

"I'm really excited about the fact that the volunteers had the opportunity to put together a gift shop," said Hammond. "Volunteers truly are the backbone of a hospital, in many ways, but the gift shop really gives them a solid place to establish the work that they do and it's tremendously beneficial to the hospital and its patients, visitors and staff."

As far as Johnson knows, this is the first time in the hospital's 47 year history to have an actual gift shop.

"Back in the '70s, the auxiliary ladies had a small showcase out front where they sold mostly homemade items, but we have never had an actual gift shop," said Johnson. "We're real excited about it and it has done really well. We hope the community comes out and shops. We've had some families of people who are here in the hospital come in, we've had a lot of our employees come in and on the open house day we had a lot of town people come in. We've had a lot of success and we're real pleased with it."

The gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Johnson points out that if anyone wants to come up and can't make it by 3 p.m., if they'll call she'll be glad to stay over. The gift shop's phone number is 870-895-6052. Just ask for Pam and she'll be glad to assist you with ordering a special basket or any other gift need.

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