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Mather Hospital’s Thrift Shop Celebrates 40 Years of Service

May 31, 2012

To smart shoppers, it’s a constant source of bargains on clothing, linens and other items. To passersby, it’s a quaint little shop in a small white house. To John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, it has been a steady source of funds for Hospital programs and services for four decades.

The Thrift Shop, the Hospital Auxiliary’s largest fundraising vehicle, will mark its 40th anniversary on June 5, said Louise Grienere, Thrift Shop Manager. Housed in a white Victorian building next to the Hospital on North Country Road, the Thrift Shop offers bargains on near-new women’s and men’s designer clothing, household linens, dinnerware, crystal and assorted bric-a-brac. The shop is open Monday-Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Run by volunteers and stocked with donated items, the Thrift Shop was started by Marcia Tooker and Phyllis Godbee. Dot Milau, the Thrift Shop Treasurer for 40 years, said the shop has donated $3 million to the Hospital. All net proceeds from the sales of donated items benefit the Hospital.

“The Thrift Shop has helped to fund many projects and services at Mather over the years,” said Hospital President Kenneth Roberts. “I salute the dedication of the many volunteers who have staffed the shop these past four decades and thank all of the community residents who have donated items or made purchases that helped our Hospital offer the best possible care.”

For more information, contact the Thrift Shop at 631-473-1320, ext. 1-4092 or visit online at To volunteer at the shop, call Dorothy Perricone, Director of Volunteer Services at Mather Hospital, at 476-2749.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.