After an over-abundance of books was donated to the volunteers at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, the group decided to host a book sale along with the Christmas in July event they were holding Wednesday.

“We probably had more than 1,000 books,” Lucille Bracket said. “We accumulate so many books that we probably should have it (the sale) more.”

Besides clearing out the books, Wednesday’s sale also aimed at reshuffling old inventory to make space for new items. The items on clearance included jewelry, picture frames, baby books, baby gifts, shoes and more.

“We just went to market so we are trying to get rid of inventory so we can have more room for the new products,” gift shop manager Pauline McBride said.

BRMC’s gift shop is operated by 20 volunteers and raises funds for the annual health care scholarships the group awards each year. According to McBride, the group awards around 35 health care scholarships each year with the award amounts depending on the number of applicants and the amount raised by the gift shop.

“If we don’t make very much at the gift shop, then we can’t give out as much,” McBride said.

Jolyn Knight added, “Not many people realize the profits made at the gift shop go to scholarships. When they do find out, they start shopping more at the gift shop.”

McBride stated the group accepts applications year round at the gift shop and the group has a committee that meets each month to review applicants.

“Any student interested in applying for a scholarship can pick up the application at the gift shop,” McBride said.

The gift shop also has volunteer applications available for anyone wanting to volunteer at BRMC. The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed on Saturday and Sunday.