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Stuffed animals are just some of the many gifts you can find at the William Bee Ririe Hospital gift shop. The Pink Ladies donate the money earned at the gift shop back to the hospital. (Lukas Eggen photo)

Stuffed animals are just some of the many gifts you can find at the William Bee Ririe Hospital gift shop. The Pink Ladies donate the money earned at the gift shop back to the hospital. (Lukas Eggen photo)

Ely Times Staff Writer

The Pink Ladies will host its annual Christmas Sale at the Hospital Gift Shop Nov. 12-14. It is located at the William Bee Ririe Hospital admitting waiting room by the back parking area.

“Last year’s Christmas stuff will all be 40 percent off,” Pink Ladies President Colleen Ashby said. “The rest of the stuff varies from 20 to 40 percent off. We’ll have different items and they’ll all be on sale.”

The gift shop has a variety of items on sale from stuffed animals to snacks, to vases and everything in between. Ashby said they hope to see large numbers during their Christmas sale and expects interest in one department in particular to be strong.

“The baby clothes I would say is our biggest seller,” Ashby said. “And it seems like all the people who work here in the hospital, they all come in here and buy baby things.”

The Pink Ladies volunteer to help run the gift shop. All the money earned through the gift shop is donated back to the hospital, Ashby said. The hospital can then decide what to use the funds for, whether it be new equipment, supplies, etc.

“We’ve donated quite a bit of stuff through all our money,” Ashby said. “All of it is given back to the hospital and then they use it for whatever they need. That makes us feel good.”

The gift shop, which moved to its current location, not only provides a place for people to pick up snacks or gifts, but a chance to help improve someone’s mood who is staying in the hospital, no matter what the reason, Ashby said.

“(It helps) a lot I think,” Ashby said. “Sometimes when we have just a few people in the hospital, we’ll take and bring them a tiny angel. It makes them feel so good. When we were out in the front, we had a lot more business because people would come in and visit patients and stop in and buy something. I think it helps the patient a lot to know that somebody’s thinking about them.”

As the Pink Ladies prepare for its annual Christmas sale, Ashby said the group is also looking for new members to join them for the future. The Pink Ladies is open to both men and women and Ashby said she hopes that the group can attract younger members to help carry the organization once the current members decide its time to step away from the Pink Ladies. Ashby said people won’t regret joining a cause that they believe is a good one and one that can help the hospital that provides care to residents in White Pine County.

“It has been a rewarding experience,” Ashby said. “We even had a couple of gentlemen join the Pink Ladies. We made up a name for them. We welcome anyone to join us. We would love to get younger women in here. Right now, all the ladies who volunteer, we’re about the same age. We’d like to start it out with younger people so when we decided we’ve had enough, they can take over. We have some really neat ladies and any one of them could take over if they really wanted to.”

For more information on the Pink Ladies, please visit the WBR Hospital Gift shop.