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Hospice of Kitsap County to open thrift store
BREMERTON — Hospice of Kitsap County has signed the lease on a retail location in downtown Bremerton where the nonprofit organization will open a resale store on Friday, March 7, with a 5 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 4,000 square-foot upscale resale shop, located at 301 Pacific Ave., will feature clothing, furniture, and housewares. All proceeds from the store will be used to help fund Hospice’s programs like the Fred Lowthian Care Center and the uninsured patient program.
“We looked at other hospices across the country and researched other local charity thrift shops,” said Corrigan Gommenginger, executive director for Hospice of Kitsap County. “We’ve found that the revenue generated from a resale store could significantly help fund our programs.”
To encourage donations, 13 nearby businesses chipped in prizes for a drawing to be held in February. Anyone who donates items to the thrift store in January can enter to win prizes from Toro Lounge, Isella Salon Spa, The RockIt Roost, Purpose Boutique, Two Blocks Up Cafe, Admiral Theatre, Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, The Weekender, Scout Cafe and Honor Bar, Two Blocks Up Cafe, Ish Vintage Clothing, SEEfilm Bremerton Cinema or Chrey's Fine Jewelry.
Donations are currently being accepted at the store on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week by appointment. Call the thrift store at 360- 813-1451 to set up an appointment.
Donations are also being accepted during the week (Monday through Friday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hospice of Kitsap County’s administrative offices at 10356 Silverdale Way NW.
A complete list of items that can and cannot be accepted is available at www.hospicekc.org.
Volunteers are needed immediately to help get the store ready, and will eventually be needed to take on regular shifts at the store.
Gigi McKay, a former manager for Goodwill Industries of Seattle, has been hired to serve as the manager.
People interested in volunteering to work at the store should contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Cleverdon at 360-698-4611 or by email at email@example.com.