Passavant Community Gift Shop Sales Help Residents Live Their Abundant Life
The gift shop in the Abundant Life Center at Passavant Community is not just a place to grab a quick snack or a trinket for a loved one. It is a place where dedicated volunteers work tirelesly to help raise money for the Passavant Auxiliary, which, in turn, gives back to Passavant Community and its residents.
During the holiday season, a Christmas Shop was set up to give nursing residents a place to come and shop for their loved ones - and it didn't cost them a dime.
"The nursing residents didn't need to pay for anything because of generous donations of many," said Laura Roy, executive director of Passavant Community. "Through this collaboration between the Auxiliary and Passavant staff and volunteers, 67 residents were able to go shopping, which is a very normal thing that many of them no longer have the ability to do."
"The donations allowed us to give these nursing residents $30 each, and they were invited to come and shop at the gift shop," said Passavant resident Nancie Johnson, who manages the shop. "The program was very successful, and we look forward to even more participation next year."
Johnson explained that throughout the year, the Auxiliary uses proceeds from the Gift Shop to donate back to Passavant.
"Over the years, we have helped purchase a bus, a specialized wheelchair and bed, a portion of the handbells used by Passavant's handbell choir and much more," she said. "The Auxiliary has been able to help a lot of people. That's why its so important to keep the shop open as much as possible."
The Gift Shop is not just open to residents and families, but anyone looking for a unique gift, including handcrafted jewelry, clothing, accessories, locally-made candy and more.
"But we can only be open when we have volunteers available," Johnson said, and she wants to keep the Shop open as much as possible so that the Auxiliary can continue to provide an Abundant Life for Passavant residents.
For more information on volunteering at Passavant's Gift Shop, please contact Donna Cawthorne, community outreach coordinator, at (724) 453-5414.
Right: Dedicated volunteers show off some of the specialty items sold at the gift shop.