Four community-based auxiliaries comprising dedicated and dependable women and men from the southern Ocean County community give their time, interest, loyalty, and financial resources for the betterment of Southern Ocean Medical Center. They actively support the hospital through operations of resale shops, the Hospital’s Bird Cage Gift Shop, and numerous social and fundraising activities. Collectively, more than 600 volunteers strong, the Auxiliaries at Southern Ocean Medical Center support Southern Ocean Medical Center by donating their time and talents every day in many different ways.
Visit Our Auxiliary Shops
Southern Ocean Medical Center is the fortunate beneficiary of four extraordinary Auxiliary chapters. These dedicated volunteers have a rich history of generous support. In addition to various events and activities, each Auxiliary operates a shop. You owe it to yourself to visit them.
The Boosters Auxiliary operates the hospital gift shop. “The Bird Cage” is conveniently located just off of the hospital’s main lobby, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Holly Auxiliary’s thrift shop can be found in the Waretown Plaza, on Route 9 in Waretown. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They accept and sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; shoes and accessories; housewares and small appliances; books; records; video tapes; games; and puzzles. While donations of furniture are accepted, please call ahead (609-693-3191). Donations are accepted every day until 1/2 hour before closing. The shop does not accept mattresses, encyclopedias, computers, or bowling balls.
The Laurel Auxiliary’s “Second Time Around” thrift shop is located at 123 East Main Street in Tuckerton. Business hours are Monday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is closed on Saturdays. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday until 2 p.m. The shop accepts everything except mattresses, furniture, computers, televisions and large appliances. Ring the bell at the rear entrance, or call 609-294-9869.
The “Old and New Shop,” operated by the SOCH Auxiliary, is located at 440 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin, and is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The shop accepts everything except mattresses, large appliances and large furniture. Donations are accepted at the rear entrance, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call 609-597-3470 with any questions.
While each of the Auxiliaries of Southern Ocean Medical Center focus a great deal of their time and attention on fundraising, they also are a wonderful opportunity for meeting new people, socializing, networking and making friends in the southern Ocean County community. From thrift shops to gift shops, from fashion shows to card parties, from cocktail parties to afternoon tea’s and such, each Auxiliary has its own character and personality. And, although each is concentrated in a specific geographical area of southern Ocean County, none has a geographic requirement and each welcomes all interested individuals. Please explore the possibilities!!