Volunteer puts passion for dolls toward fund-raising efforts

Ellen Walker has a passion for giving dolls new life and sending them on to their next home. For the past two and a half years, she’s put her that passion to work raising money for the Harris Regional Hospital Auxiliary through its thrift store.

Walker started buying dolls from the thrift shop when it first opened and was given a doll to refurbish. Since then, she’s fixed up more than 1,000 dolls to be sold in the hospital thrift store. The dolls usually cost between $2 and $5.

“It enriches your life to be doing something for somebody else and knowing what you’re doing makes someone happy and helps people on their way to wellness,” said Walker, a retired MedWest-Harris nurse.

The Harris Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located on Skyland Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 828.631.8893.

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