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Norwalk Hospital's Treasure House Celebrates 53 Years
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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 06, 2014 At 11:50 AM

They call it the little red house with a big heart.

"I always feel coming to Treasure House is like Christmas everyday," said Cecile Wesel, who has volunteered at Treasure House for 22 years.

For 53 years, the Treasure House Thrift Shop, operated by the Norwalk Hospital Women's Board, has been supporting the Norwalk Hospital.

Carol Kachmarck, President of Norwalk Hospital's Women's Board said, "The Women's Board started over 100 year ago and it started as a little group of women who went to the first hospital and our main concern was the patients and the nurses. We wanted to make sure the patients were getting great care and all they had all supplies they needed."

"Treasure House is only one of the things that they [the Women's Board] do to generate philanthropy for the hospital which is so important. They have committed probably close to 4 million dollars over the years to Norwalk Hospital," said Dr. Howard Eison, Chairman of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation Board.

Over 70 volunteers organize donated items from books and records to clothing and seasonal items, in the store on Issacs Street.

"We've been fortunate since 1893 to have the women in the community involved and be very active. Norwalk Hospital early on embraced having the women involved; they actually started the hospital way back then," said Dr. Eison.

"Not only do we help the community but we get to meet each other and some of our customers they just come here and they talk and they socialize and they know each other, they know us and it's just a great venue. It's a great venue and it helps everybody all around," added Kachmarck.

Volunteers say it is gratifying being able to work at Treasure House

"We see how much people give to the poor people that go there [Norwalk Hospital] and work so hard and need help. If we can help by putting a smile on somebody's face, that is important," added Wesel. 


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