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Doctors Hospital gift shop patrons support auxiliary medical scholarships

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Doctors Hospital gift shop patrons support auxiliary medical scholarships

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary members Anita Bates and Johnette Shepherd Raggsdale stand outside their gift shop in the hospital’s main lobby.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED August 6, 2013 12:09 a.m.

The women and men in pink provide a service to the community in giving thousands upon thousands of dollars in scholarships to future doctors and nurses struggling to earn their degrees.

Countless scholarships have been handed out to second year medical students over past decades by the Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary have been unknowingly underwritten by the citizenry patronizing the group’s gift shop in the main lobby on East North Street east of Cottage Avenue.

Auxiliary President Johnette Shepherd Raggsdale said that $12,000 was recently sent to the college of the students’ choices after their applications were submitted to the auxiliary and selected.  In past years the small gift shop has made net profits in as much as $30,000 to go to the students.  When business is good, more students profit, she said.

Scholarship chair is Edith Brown who is no stranger to analyzing the need in those many applications she receives for the auxiliary. 

Raggsdale said she is planning to start a medical college support book with its empty pages to be filled with names of gift shop customers to help them better realize that buying their cards, plants, jewelry and religious goods actually helps support the future college costs of those wanting to enter the medical field.

There are even slippers and back scratchers on sale in the small shop as well as breast cancer support items and angelic pins.  Donna Kinser is the manager of the gift shop who attends gift shows and is on hand to inflate the helium type balloons.

“Every nickel they spend in here – every little nickel goes to scholarships,” Raggsdale said. “Everyone who patronizes the volunteer gift shop is helping to promote the medical scholarships for second year students from those in the Manteca and Ripon school districts.”

The auxiliary members have taken on additional duties during the emergency room renovation.  Several are stationed by the front door of the lobby to assist patients with direction.

The auxiliary is planning to add a third shift from 5 until 8 p.m. and is in need of volunteers, Raggsdale said.  There are applications at the front desk as well as at every waiting room throughout the hospital.  Those wishing more information may call 823-3111, extension 8612.

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