For the last 55 years, the Pecos County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has been helping out with whatever the hospital needs.
The main purpose of Auxiliary is service, public relations and fundraising, which they do to help the hospital afford new equipment if the county budget can't cover it.
Over the last 55 years they have donated more than $492,850 by doing various fundraising events.
“We are extremely appreciative of what they do,” said Malissa Trevino, Director of Human Resources. “They help us financially with medical equipment that we need for our hospital and have so much pride in how they treat patients/visits when they walk into our hospital. We are very lucky to have them.”
Right now, the group has about 30 members but they are hoping to increase the number to 40 or 45 people.
“Everything we do is for the hospital,” said Member Cristina Flores.
They volunteer in the gift shop in shifts either from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The shop sells everything from candies to clothes to cards, with the profits benefiting the hospital.
“We wanted to help people,” said Dotty Huelster. “Most of us like to cheer people up a little or be a friendly face.”
The members get pins on their shirts for how many volunteer hours they have given.
Dora Rascon has the most hours with 12,000, although she has plans to retire at the end of the year.
For the last 40 years, Rascon has been helping with everything from reading to patients, helping hook up TV's in 1979 and participating in the Christmas parade.
When Rascon started, the group was called “The Pink Ladies” which changed in 1987 to Auxiliary.
“I have enjoyed being a member of the Auxiliary which for me has been a part of my family,” she said.
One favorite project the group did was the auxiliary gardens, which was a several year project that people get to use daily.
“It's just a way to help out in some small way,” said Linda Lamb. “We get a lot out of it and make good friends.”
They also give scholarships to students wishing to go into the medical field.
Over the last 38 years they have awarded over $49,000 in scholarship money.
The volunteer they are looking for is someone who interested in helping others.
They meet the last Tuesday of the month and work one shift a week in the gift shop if able.
“It's just someone who has time and wants to help,” said Huelster.
Those interested should stop by the gift shop and pick up an application.
“It makes you feel good you're serving the community and wonderful hospital employees and doctors and nurses,” said Member Carol Adams.
Hospital CEO Betsey Briscoe said that the work the Auxiliary does is so helpful and appreciated by all who work at the hospital.
“Our Auxiliary members are a wonderful group of individuals who dedicate their time to our patients and hospital,” she said. “Their cheerful attitudes brighten the days of our patients and our employees. In addition, with their gift shop proceeds, they contribute to purchasing equipment needed for patient care. We truly appreciate our Auxiliary members!”