Sales of Christmas products to benefit Mercy Auxiliary

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A sale of Christmas-themed products to benefit the Mercy Health Center Auxiliary group is scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at the hospital, 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.

During the two-day event, which is open to the public, there will be a variety of new holiday merchandise available for purchase, including Christmas ornaments, decorations, dishes, toys, and other collectibles and gift items, such as angel figurines and candles, Mercy Health Center Marketplace Chairwoman Alice Allen said.

The Mercy Health Center Marketplace is the gift shop inside Mercy Health Center.

All proceeds from the sale of items will go directly to the Mercy Auxiliary, a volunteer group that works to support Mercy Health Center, and will ultimately go back into the general hospital fund, Allen said.

The sale will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the McCauley Center inside Mercy Health Center. The McCauley Center is located through the east entrance of Mercy Health Center on the north side of the hospital.

At the event, Mercy Marketplace staff will also be collecting donations for a unique figurine set that depicts a family singing Christmas carols during the holiday season. During both days of the event, door prizes will also be given away every hour and a refreshment table will be provided, Allen said.

Some of the Mercy Auxiliary group, which currently has about 100 members, will staff the event on both days. Not all of the auxiliary members are active, Allen said.

Other than the Christmas sale, which has been an annual tradition at the hospital since the new $32 million Mercy Health Center facility was built in 2002, the Mercy Health Center Marketplace also offers a variety of other items available for community use, and is open from Monday through Friday the whole year, Allen said.