That’s what Carolyn Sanford and Kathy Tezla, this year’s co-chairs of the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s Great Northfield, Minn. Book Raid, have discovered.
Since stepping forward to coordinate the auxiliary’s 53rd annual event, April 22-26, at the Northfield Ice Arena, they have been overwhelmed by the number of people and the flood of goodwill that surrounds this all-volunteer undertaking.
“We are simply amazed and delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm this community has for this event,” said Carolyn Sanford, a retired Carleton College librarian. “As new co-chairs, we are learning as we go, but all of the ‘helping hands’ make this a great experience.” More »
Each year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students in practice, education, research, and science host a month long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy. It’s the time of year when everyone in the profession goes out of their way to tell the world about what we do. But promoting our profession is not just an April job.
The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 53rd annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid Tuesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 26, at the Northfield Ice Arena, and it needs your books.
Donations of books, DVDs and CDs can be made at the ice arena, beginning Sunday, April 6. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6; 9 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 7-11; 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12; 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 14-18; and 9 to noon Saturday, April 19.
The sale, itself, begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 23 – April 25; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Friday all books are 50 percent off. Saturday morning is the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all remaining books are free.
Over the years the book fair has raised more than three quarters of a million dollars. It is used to support projects at Northfield Hospital & Clinics and other community health initiatives. This year, the hospital auxiliary is dedicating funds raised from the book fair to the expanded Cancer Care & Infusion Center at Northfield Hospital.
A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.
Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.
The service will include a litany for healing, hymn singing, harp music, and readings. Lois Lindbloom, a spiritual director and licensed psychologist (L.P.M.A.), will offer the meditation. Local musicians John Ferguson, Elinor Niemisto and Jenny Pelletier will provide music and accompaniment.
Anointing of hands will be included in the service. Anointing is an age-old tradition of the Christian church. Historically oil or myrrh was used to make the sign of the cross (or nowadays a heart or the Star of David) on the person‘s forehead, hands, or both. Words of blessing and healing are spoken.
Following the service there will be refreshments and a time for fellowship. Hand or back massage will be offered free of charge by local practitioners. A limited number of prayer shawls will be available for caregivers.
“Restore, Replenish, Renew” was initiated in 2000 by a local network of parish nurses, who wanted to offer a worship service that would reinvigorate the spiritual side of those who provided prolonged care-giving.
Northfield Retirement Community, Three Links, Northfield Area Interfaith Association and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are sponsoring the service.