Gingham Tree Resale Shop earns national recognition for volunteerism

DOWNERS GROVE – Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s resale shop has earned a national award from the American Hospital Association.

The Gingham Tree Resale Shop is the sole recipient of this year’s Fundraising Program Award, part of the 2013 Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence.

The award program was established by the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees to help hospitals attract and retain volunteers by recognizing outstanding contributions of organized programs of volunteer service.

The resale shop, owned and operated by the Auxiliary, provides financial support for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. Through a strong partnership with the community in which items are donated and purchased, the resale shop is the Auxiliary’s largest fundraiser and has contributed more than $2.1 million over the last 10 years to benefit the hospital.

It is staffed entirely by volunteers.

The Gingham Tree will celebrate its 40th anniversary in June; it is two years older than the hospital itself.

Funds have been used to enhance the hospital’s Level 1 trauma emergency room, pediatrics unit, chapel renovation, completion of the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, renovation of the cardiac catheterization lab, new surgical suites operating equipment, modernization of the hospital’s gift shop, a water wall exhibit to create a healthy environment and many other projects.

The award from the American Hospital Association recognizes volunteer leadership, new approaches, effectiveness and utilization of nontraditional resources of volunteers in support of fundraising efforts. The award was presented at a ceremony in Washington during the AHA’s annual membership meeting in April.

To learn more about the Gingham Tree Resale Shop, located on the campus of Good Samaritan Hospital, visit: www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/ginghamtree

The store is open Monday through Saturday and is located at 900 W. 39th St., Downers Grove.