Hospice Care Corp. thrift store open

Sarah and Brenda King look over the selection of clothing at the Hospice Thrift Shop at 209 Market St. in Fairmont. The shop is staffed by volunteers with proceeds going to ensure that patients get the care they need regardless of their ability to pay.

Got a little more than you need?

Don’t throw it away. Give it away ... to Hospice Care Corp.’s newest thrift store at 209 Market St.

And if you need a little more than you have, you just might find it there.

Money raised from this store goes to provide care to patients and families in the Marion County area who do not have insurance.

“We offer a little bit of everything,” said store manager Diane Doddrill.

Whether it’s housewares, clothing, furniture, children’s toys, jewelry, exercise equipment, books or almost anything else, the store will take it and sell it to people who need it.

Donations have come from merchants and individuals.

“A lot of people had family members or friends served by hospice and want to give back,” Doddrill said.

After expenses are paid, all the money raised in the shops goes to HCC patients who don’t have insurance or the ability to pay for hospice services, she said.

“If a patient needs an item in the store, it goes to the patient first. So everything we do is for the patient,” Doddrill said.

This is the HCC’s sixth thrift store. Its first opened in Reedsville three years ago. Others are located in Elkins, Grafton, Morgantown and Philippi, with a seventh planned for Glenville.

Another shop, The Unique Boutique in Sabraton, sells antiques and upscale clothing.

“These stores are good money generators,” Doddrill said. “They’re also a great ministry and outreach to the community.

“We’re always looking for volunteers, especially those with trucks, to help with the warehouse,” she said. “A lot of people donate items but don’t have a way to get them here.

“Whatever people want to donate, we accept,” she said.

“The stores are like a big year-round fund-raiser,” said Kim Riley, community relations coordinator and store supervisor for Hospice Care Corp.

“They’ve been very successful for us.”

Each store has one manager and up to 60 volunteers, she said.

“The only expenses we have to pay are rent, utilities and manager’s salary.”

The thrift store idea came from a hospice in Florida, Riley said.

“When its patients would pass away, family members wanted to give it donations of clothing and furniture. It got overwhelmed and started having yard sales, and then opened thrift stores.

Hospice Care Corp. also does also community outreach, such as donating used computers to a local Marion County church and working with the Salvation Army.

“But the main goal of the stores is to raise funds for our patients and families to have good end-of-life care,” Riley said.

“We worry about our patients and their families. When we lose someone, we all hurt.”

Hospice Care Corp. serves more than 350 patients in Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Marion, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel counties, and four counties in southern Pennsylvania.

Its services include nursing care, family support services, personal care, spiritual counseling, caregiver support, pain and symptoms management, a 24-hour telephone number and bereavement follow-up.

For more information about the Fairmont thrift store, call 366-7995. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

E-mail Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.

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