Volunteers have spent many hours recently moving merchandise from the old St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe to the new.
Volunteers are carrying many items by hand, but larger and more cumbersome items are being transported the nearly one-block distance by pickup. Volunteer Dean Armstrong said racks full of clothes have been the heaviest, bulkiest things to move.
“It’s going great,” volunteer Joyce Richmond said. “I think we’ve had good help.”
There has been a slightly different crew of volunteers every day, and they have been working since before Labor Day.
Shop manager Rosemary Garrard estimated the auxiliary has had 45 or more volunteers help with the move into the former Duckwall store. Some put in a couple of hours, while others have helped for days.
“We’ve got the most wonderful volunteers in Marion County,” Garrard said. “We want to be open by the 21st,” for Art in the Park, Garrard said. “The way things are going, I think we’re going to make it.”