Big Hearts: Shopping in Stamford supports local hospital

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The Pink Ladies Thrift Store on East Hamilton Street is a staple in Stamford.

The women who work here are even cooler than the ones from the movie, Grease.

"All of them are volunteers, you know, real friendly," says Margie Rodriguez, a regular customer.

"Well, this is my favorite store in Stamford. I've been coming here since they opened," adds Rodriguez.

Shoppers know they'll find a bargain but what some may not know is that all of the money collected goes to support Stamford Memorial Hospital.

"It's amazing how much is raised, a dollar at a time, fifty cents at a time, three dollars at a time," says a Rick Defoore, the CEO at Stamford Memorial Hospital.

Defoore tells KTAB News, the Pink Ladies donate
an average of $50,000 a year. The money is used to equip the medical center with life-saving tools.

"These are very expensive items that we would not have any funding for if it weren't for the Pink Ladies," Defoore says.

"We just know we're helping the town," says Bobbie Tubbs, a store manager at the Pink Ladies Thrift Store.

"I retired when I moved back here in 2000 and I don't like being at the house. I don't like being at the house and so I volunteered," explains Tubbs.

There's no place she'd rather be. The thrift store is not just second hand, it's a second home.

The Pink Ladies has been open for more than three decades and during that time Defoore says they've raised close to a million dollars for the hospital.


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