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The Twig Association of Van Wert County Hospital
Since 1953, the Twig Association has remained a vital resource to Van Wert County Hospital. These dedicated women generously donate their time and talents to raise funds for the hospital. Since their formation, the Twig Association has donated over one million dollars to the hospital including $50,000 towards the Emergency Services Expansion.
There are four Twig groups, each responsible for different service projects throughout the community. Proceeds from the various fundraiser assist in providing the Van Wert community with state-of-the art equipment, which is priceless to the hospital.
In the early 1950s, the Purmort family experienced the death of a child. This insurmountable loss inspired Mrs. L.G. Purmort to organize a group of women to promote the need for a new hospital. Under the direction of Mrs. Purmort, these women spoke to civic organizations and brought the community together. It took 11 years and four elections before voters supported the issue.
Over the years, many events and fundraisers have occurred to continue supporting the hospital. From “Fun-tennials” held at Meadow Lane Farm, the home of the Purmort’s, to bathing beauty contests and “Krazy Daze Follies”.
The objectives and purposes of the Twig Association is to contribute financially to the local hospital facilities, to provide personal service gratis for the benefit of the local hospital facilities, and to promote better community health standards.
Twig 1 & Twig II
Twig I and Twig II operate the Hospital Thrift Shop located at 131 East Central Avenue in downtown Van Wert. Donations are received from the community, sorted, priced and displayed every week. Accepted are clothing for all ages, shoes, toys, housewares, small household appliances, books, jewelry, bedding, baby items, etc. The shop is staffed by volunteers from Twig I and II, five days a week. All proceeds go to benefit the Van Wert County Hospital. The Thrift Shop is successful thanks to the support of the community and the many generous donations.
Twig III’s operates hospital gift shop which is located inside the main entrance of the hospital. The shop sells many items such as cards, stuffed animals, baby items, and some seasonal items. There is also a large selection of OSU and University of Michigan items.
Twig III also sponsor the annual “Tree of Lights” fundraiser in which a star or light can be purchased in memory or honor of a loved one. Members of the community and hospital family join together for this ceremony in late November or early December to light the tree and celebrate the remembrance of those honored.
Twig IV contributes to Van Wert County Hospital by hosting a variety of projects throughout the year. Each month a bake sales along with kitchen & cutlery items, soup mixes, assorted dip mixes is held in the hospital cafeteria. Several times a year, this group hosts special book or jewelry sales which feature unique gifts created by local artisans. Thw Twig IV’s largest fundraiser is their Poinsettia sale in November.
How to join the Twigs
New Members are always welcome! Please contact Van Wert County Hospital at email@example.com or call 419.238.8623 for more information regarding becoming a Twig.