Friends of Coffey Health
System is a valuable part of the CHS family. These trusted volunteers
help our patients, staff, and community in countless ways.The flagship of the
auxiliary program is the Coffey County Hospital Gift Shop, which is
managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. Not only does the gift shop
provide a valuable service to the hospital’s patients, visitors, and
staff, but all proceeds are then given back to the community through
hospital improvements and local scholarships.Reaching beyond our
walls, the Auxiliary also invests in the future by awarding
scholarships to local students. Our volunteers also help out in a
variety of capacities throughout the hospital, such as manning the
information desk, assisting with outpatient clinic admissions,
landscaping, and labeling items for the materials management department.
When information packets need to be compiled or extra help is
needed to host events, our volunteers are always eager to help out. Two
volunteers have even knitted more than 700 caps for the hospital’s
newborns. A loyal group of volunteers also reach out to brighten the
day for long-term care residents by playing games, reading aloud, or
simply visiting.We’re grateful to have several new volunteers join us, and look forward to more exciting new projects in the future.If
you have a few hours to spare and would enjoy a rewarding volunteer
opportunity, we'd love to have you join our team. Stop by the hospital
gift shop to fill out an application or do so online by clicking here.
In the past 12 years, Friends of Coffey Health System has collected care package items for American soldiers and canine units overseas. While the COVID pandemic has forced changes in the program—the CHS volunteers have found a way to keep it going.“Again this year, we will focus on our support for the US War Dogs in New Jersey,” said coordinator Linda Booth. “This is an organization we have partnered with for several years to send care packages to overseas dog teams. Approximately 2,700 canine teams are serving to detect danger and protect people. 100 percent of donations go to fulfilling the wish list of the handlers and dogs.”To kick-start the effort, CHS employees are dedicating “Jeanerosity Fridays” throughout October, with employees contributing (at least) one dollar for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on Fridays. With tremendous community support, last year’s collection raised $4,583 to support 60 dog teams in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. US War Dogs is led by former handlers who ensure that care packages meet the dogs’ unique needs, such as training leashes, leather muzzles, goggles, and booties. They also include dog toys and special items for the trainers and handlers.“As a former US Marine Corps dog handler, I remember fondly receiving gear and care packages from US War Dogs,” writes Chris Willingham, who now serves as the organization’s president. “What made them so special was the care taken to make sure the gear sent was of the highest quality and met our most urgent needs.”Individuals and organizations are welcome to join the Support the Troops project. A monetary donation can be made by October 30 in care of Friends of Coffey Health System, 801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS, 66839. Friends of CHS will gladly collect cards and letters from area students to send to the soldiers in appreciation for their sacrifice. Educators are encouraged to call Linda Booth at (620) 364-8015 or the Coffey County Hospital Gift Shop at (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4267.