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Hospital staff makes wreaths to benefit charity

 

EMT Gwen Collums, of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, shows off the wreath her department created for the hospital's first annual charity wreath auction. The event will be held Wednesday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Outpatient Pavilion. Proceeds go toward the Salvation Army's Christmas toy drive.

EMT Gwen Collums, of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, shows off the wreath her department created for the hospital's first annual charity wreath auction. The event will be held Wednesday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Outpatient Pavilion. Proceeds go toward the Salvation Army's Christmas toy drive. Photo by: Courtesy Photo

 

Carmen K. Sisson

 

Surgeons traded scalpels for glue guns. Paramedics traded bandages for bows. And Wednesday, the public will get the chance to see the results as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle hosts a brand-new fundraiser designed to foster Christmas spirit for a good cause.  

 

Department heads were given only one directive in the first annual wreath-making competition: The wreaths had to have a Christmas theme.  

 

They will be on display from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the hospital's Outpatient Pavilion conference center, and 31 wreaths will be sold by silent auction at the end of the event. 

 

Bids start at $10 and increase by $1 increments. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army's holiday toy drive.  

 

The fundraiser gave employees the chance to show off their creative flair, and some departments went all-out, lavishly adorning their wreaths in an attempt to fetch a handsome price at the charity auction -- and to garner a first, second or third place prize in the hospital's in-house competition.  

 

Some wreaths have already started appearing in community relations coordinator Donna Grant's office, and she said it has been fun to see the different ways people have interpreted the theme.  

 

"We hope this will catch on and become a Christmas tradition here at the hospital," Grant said Monday afternoon. "I've seen a couple of them, and they're going to be really outstanding." 

 

For more information, call Donna Grant at 662-244-1132.

 

Carmen K. Sisson is the former news editor at The Dispatch.

 

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