The first event is focusing on the preparation of newborn kits, and is under the direction of Carrie Dunn, auxiliary community relations.
“October has a blanket service day,” Dunn explained. “We hold this twice a year.” She explained that blankets, clothes and hats are all sewn and prepared as a newborn kit that is presented to a mother at the time of birth. The newborn kit preparation day is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m. in the SVMC Greys River Room. “We get together with our sewing machine and we have a luncheon and a guest speaker,” she said of the twice annual event. This year Star Valley Medical Center’s Dr. Clayton Brown will be the featured speaker.
Dunn noted the work of the newborn kits is not limited to the talents of women in the auxiliary. “One of our men makes the hats while he is watching sports and donates them to the auxiliary,” she said.
The Star Valley Medical Center Auxiliary also raises scholarship money used for students seeking careers in health care.
The second October event will focus on fundraising activities and includes four October nights of coordination with Pizza Hut in Afton.
“On Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, we wait on the tables and serve you,” Pam Clement auxiliary director explained. “One-hundred percent of the tips and a percentage of the sales go to the auxiliary.” She continued, “All of the money goes to the scholarships.”
SVMC Auxiliary President, Leslie Lancaster reported there are several opportunities to assist with the auxillary.
She advised the auxiliary assists medical staff with families associated with surgery, acting as a “liaison between the nurse and family, keeping them informed and feeling comfortable with what is going on.”
Auxiliary members also assist with regular visits to the Star Valley Care Center. “They love to have people come and visit,” she said of the care center residents.
The Star Valley Medical Center Gift Shop is also maintained by the auxiliary, with proceeds donated to the SVMC Foundation.