Warner Robins hospice opening thrift store

efarlow@macon.comJune 12, 2013 

Heart of Georgia Hospice is opening a thrift store to reach out to the community and raise funds for the hospice. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony were planned for Tuesday, after which customers could shop at the store.

Tim Poole, executive director for Heart of Georgia Hospice, said profits will go toward being able to further the nonprofit’s mission to provide hospice care to the community, even if someone can’t pay for it.

“We step in and pay for it ourselves,” he said.

Funds also will go toward other free community outreach events such as Camp Wings, a bereavement camp for children.

Before the thrift store, Heart of Georgia Hospice raised funds primarily through donations and an annual dinner in March.

Poole said the idea for a thrift store came from Joe Collins, chairman of the board of directors for the hospice. Poole visited other hospice thrift stores to see if they were successful.

“I thought it would be a great thing for our hospice to do,” Poole said.

Poole said the thrift store needs furniture, clothes, housewares, toys and other items in good working order.

“We need people to donate items around their house they don’t need,” Poole said.

He said the thrift store wants to provide good products and be an outreach to the community.

“We just want to invite people to come out and shop our store,” he said.

The Heart of Georgia Hospice thrift store is located at 1851 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins behind the Chik-fil-A. Poole said donations can be dropped off at the store, which is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day except Sunday.

For more information about the thrift store, call Heart of Georgia Hospice at 953-5161.

To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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