Some thrift stores that donate their proceeds to hospice patients include Hope Chest Resale Stores, HCI Giving Tree and the White Dove Thrift Shoppe. Not-for-profit organizations and the hospice centers themselves operate most thrift stores to raise funds for their services.
Some thrift stores are run by not-for-profit, community-based organizations dedicated to providing high-quality care to terminally ill, chronically ill and seriously ill patients. The community and the families of the patients they serve usually donate the items sold at the stores. Useful donated items also go to the hospice patients, while unsold items or items that cannot be used are donated to other charities. The thrift stores use the proceeds to lower the cost of health care and palliative care as well as to support the services and programs of the hospice.
Thrift shops accept donations of all kinds, including gently used furniture, clothes, vintage items, jewelry and other household items. Some also accept donations of used vehicles, such as cars and boats. Hospice centers sometime arrange donation pickups for furniture and other heavy items. Aside from donated items, most hospices also accept volunteers, such as drivers for pickup trucks, cashiers and customer service staff, at their stores. In-kind and monetary contributions to most hospice centers are tax deductible.