Friends rally to help local woman who helps others


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Ready to wear: Linda Baker holds up a pair of jeans at the Hancock Hope House's WEARhouse thrift store in this 2010 file photo. Baker, longtime manager of the store, underwent a liver transplant on Jan. 13. A fundraising campaign has begun to help pay Baker's medical bills and living expenses.


GREENFIELD — Linda Baker has lots of friends in Hancock County primarily because of the lives she’s touched, and now “Friends of Linda” want to pay it back.

Baker, longtime manager of Hancock Hope House’s WEARhouse thrift store in Greenfield, underwent a liver transplant on Jan. 13 after being diagnosed with nonalcoholic hepatitis in 2012.

The transplant was performed at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, and she has been recovering at Greenfield’s Golden Living Center Brandywine, friends say.

Though Baker, 62, came through the procedure well, her recovery will keep her out of work for at least two months, said friend Linda Dunkin, co-organizer of a fundraising campaign to meet Baker’s unpaid medical bills and living expenses.

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