We recently spoke with Bonnie Baxley, president of the Foundation for the Highland Medical Center, who talked about the group’s purpose.
“The Foundation has been re-organized as the primary fund-raising arm for the Medical Center. Primarily, what we are doing right now is running the thrift shop, in order to generate some funds that come in on a regular basis. There’s some talk about doing other activities, like a GoFundMe project, for major needs at the Medical center – we would take the lead on that type of ambition.
Wait- did you say there’s a thrift shop? Tell us more about that.
“When the Foundation first met a year ago, we were thinking of ways to make money, and Dottie Robinson and Beverly Bradley, who are on the Medical Center board, came in with a remarkable idea of opening up a thrift shop. And with that idea, they just took the ball and ran with it – found a location which is ideal, right across from the courthouse, next to H&H, right on Main Street, so it’s a perfect location. And we opened up in October, and we’ve been able to get donations from the whole community, with lots of clothing for men, children and women, as well as other things, like belts and any attire that you would use or wear.
“The name of it is Twice Is Nice, and it is nice. The things that we have there are fabulous. You come in and it’s very well organized – Dottie and Beverly have really formatted the place as a pleasant place to shop. Lots of inventory, lots of good things – many of the items are brand new, and many of the items have high end labels in them, but there’s also just good, good solid clothing that you might need or wear anywhere.
“We also have ample stock of prom dresses, of formals – so if any of the high school youth want to come in and look, they’re beautiful.
“We deliberately made it clothing or attire thrift shop, because we are aware that The Attic has a remarkable household items inventory, and meets that need in the county – so this is a good, good compliment to The Attic.
We will accept donations, and all your donations are tax deductible, because we are a 501c3, and any donations that you want to bring, bring them. If for some reason we cannot use them in the shop, then we take them to other places that might be able to use them, so don’t hesitate if there’s something that you think we could use.
The thrift shop is open from Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, so you can drop your donations off there. The Medical Center will also take donations for us at any time. The other issue is that we do need volunteers – everything is run and staffed by volunteers for the organization. If anybody is willing to help out, they can also go by the thrift shop, or contact Dottie Robinson or Beverly Bradley.
“I’d just encourage everybody to drop by if you have not seen the thrift shop yet, just come, stick your head in, look around so you get a feel for what we have – it’s a nice resource, if you’re looking for something new just to put on, it’s a good place to shop.”