Robin Hood Shop: 62 years of service

CAMBRIDGE — It takes more to heal a patient than just medicine and procedures – kindness and the support of a community are vital, as well.

The volunteers at the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge know that as well as anyone, and they have been giving their time for decades to help fund the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary and its charitable activities. The crew marked 62 years of the store’s operation on March 19, with a celebration featuring the presentation of a certificate of commendation from the office of Gov. Larry Hogan.

The store, at 416 High St., offers, donated clothing, household items, books and more, at low prices.

“All of our profits go to the DGH Auxiliary,” Manager Cathy Gullion said. “Our real mission is to help the people in our community.”

The staff take pride in the neat and tidy appearance of the store, and in the quality of the items for sale. Ms. Gullion said they want customers to be confident in their purchases, saying, “They’re going to be proud of the way they look.”

Among this season’s popular items are prom dresses. “We sold three today,” she said.

The shop runs with the help of 15 volunteers, but that is not enough to meet the needs of the operation. “We desperately need more,” Ms. Gullion said.

Not that it’s all work, though. Smiling and looking around the bright store, filled with friends, she said, “We have so much fun here.”
To reach the shop, call 410-228-6339.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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