Donations of gently used treasures and household goods dropped off at Vintage on Hastings in Bancroft help to create a revenue stream for Hospice North Hastings but not everything that gets donated can be sold in the store. Sometimes there is a backlog of the same product or sometimes things that get donated to the shop aren’t what Vintage sells. Rather than cart these donations off to landfill, the donations get shared. Clothing gets delivered to Choices or New to You and anything else now goes to the Word of Life Outreach Centre in Lake St. Peter.
For more than 15 years, the Word of Life Outreach has been turning donated goods into emergency support for families who have lost everything in fires, they donate needed items to single moms and revenue generated from their thrift shop supports those who need financial assistance with heat and hydro and it buys the groceries that stock their food bank.
Reverend Warren Flint says his whole team has a heart to want to see people do better and every donation they receive is either sold to raise funds or it is given, for free, to those in need.
The partnership with Vintage on Hastings helps with this mission. It means that more donated items are supporting more people in need in our community and it helps reinforce the message that no one ever has to struggle through challenges alone.
And that’s a message that every Hospice volunteer holds close to their hearts.
The Hospice team that works each week to sort, clean, restore, check, display and sell donations in Bancroft’s Hastings Street treasure shop give their time and energy to make sure that when someone is facing a major health challenge that services can be provided, for free, in the patient’s home or at the Residential Hospice for North Hastings.
“We do this work for Hospice,” says Hospice Coordinator and Vintage on Hastings Manager, Heather Brough. “This partnership with Word of Life means that more of the community’s generous donations will help even more people. This is something we can all feel good about.”
Vintage on Hastings is open Monday to Friday from 10 – 5pm and on Saturdays from 10 – 2pm. Donations can be left at anytime by the back door and whatever the store can not use will be shared freely with other helping agencies across the region.