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Hospital thrift store needs volunteers

To keep doors open
Contrary to rumors, the Mountain View Hospital Thrift Store is not closing, but is instead looking to find more volunteers to staff the store.
   "I'm actually trying to find a way to keep it open," said hospital CEO Jeanie Gentry. "We just don't have enough volunteers."
   The thrift store was closed in October and November for repairs to the building's electrical system, and removal of stacks of donated items which posed a fire hazard due to the lack of a fire suppression system.
   In early December -- after the auxiliary that operated the store dissolved its corporation and reformed under the auspices of the hospital -- the store reopened.
   At that time, according to Gentry, there was an adequate supply of volunteers.
   "Since then, they've either gotten busy, moved or have health issues, or for personal reasons aren't available to volunteer like they used to be," she said.
   "We're trying to find more volunteers," said Gentry. "We're looking at different options; I don't want to close down anything in the downtown."
   The thrift store, which has been open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, requires at least two to three volunteers at a time for safety purposes.
   "It's a good support for the foundation," said Gentry, noting that although the income varies from month to month, it provides a steady income for the foundation.
   "It's a good thing," she said. "It just needs people to staff it."
   Conact Tori Schultz, volunteer coordinator, at 541-460-5327, to find out about volunteering. For more information, call the store at 541-475-4212.