Hospice needs household items for its resale shops

Heirlooms Resale Shoppes in Centerville (pictured) and Kettering raise funds for patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED
Heirlooms Resale Shoppes in Centerville (pictured) and Kettering raise funds for patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

Have you been to the Heirlooms Resale Shoppes?

Filled with gently-used home furnishings, decorative accessories, antiques and jewelry, the Centerville and Kettering shops raise funds for patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. The shops have reopened after temporarily closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospice provides care in patient homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, hospitals and the Dayton Hospice House. Because it’s a not-for-profit hospice organization, hospice patients are accepted regardless of their ability to pay or complexity of care.

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“Our mission is to celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family,” said Lori Poelking-Igel, executive director of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation. “We are a not-for-profit, community-based hospice. Every dollar donated helps us provide superior care and services to patients and families in our communities.”

The dedicated team of experts in end-of-life care includes doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains and volunteers. Thanks to generous community support, grief support is available to family members, friends and the entire community at no cost through the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Pathways of Hope Grief Counseling Center.

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Heirlooms Resale Shoppes in Centerville (pictured) and Kettering raise funds for patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED
Heirlooms Resale Shoppes in Centerville (pictured) and Kettering raise funds for patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

“Through the continued generosity of donors and supporters throughout the community, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is able to provide exceptional support services to our patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses,” Poelking-Igel said. “Donations to support the volunteer program and the organization’s Heirlooms Shoppes are always welcome. Funds raised at the shops benefit patient care and services.”

These shops are a great place to go if you’re in search of pretty collectibles and furnishings. The inventory is made up entirely of donated items from the community.

Here’s what the Heirloom Shoppes can accept:

• Gently used home decorator accessories

• Bed frames

• Chairs

• Collectibles

• Desks

• Dining tables

• Dressers

• Glassware

• Jewelry

• Lamps

• Mirrors

• Sofas

• Wall hangings

The Heirlooms Shoppes are located in Kettering at 1413 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420, (937-294-9200) and 461 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville, OH 45459, (937-435-1588.) Both Heirlooms Shoppes are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Because of the pandemic, drop-off donations are not accepted for the foreseeable future. Donations must be scheduled; you can call the store to schedule an appointment and items must be placed outside or in a garage. Heirlooms Shoppes drivers are not permitted to enter any homes at this time.

If you want to go shopping, keep in mind that the two shops have implemented new policies to keep staff, volunteers and customers safe and protected. No more than six customers at a time are permitted in the stores and customers are required to wear masks. A distance of six feet must be maintained between staff and customers. Only credit cards are accepted at this time.

Delivery services are available for a nominal fee based on the purchase price. Furniture can only be delivered to the garage.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

Upcoming fundraiser: Consider attending the virtual event, Celebrating Life's Stories in August. The fundraising event will include inspirational testimonials and insight about special programs that support care and services for the patients and families of Ohio's Hospice of Dayton. More information is available on the website, HospiceofDayton.org.

Volunteer: During COVID-19, hospice volunteers have been involved on a limited basis, but the organization will be looking for volunteers in the future. Before COVID-19, hospice volunteers worked with the care teams serving hospice patients and their families. Volunteer roles included providing respite care, caregiver relief, companionship, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services, and gardening.

Volunteers also served as educators about hospice services in the community, created Memory Bears for loved ones, shared pets as part of an animal-assisted therapy team, and played a key role in honoring hospice patients who are veterans. Volunteers also provided clerical and office support, served as receptionists, and assisted with fundraising events and data entry. For more information, call 937-256-9507, ext. 3314.

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Each week Meredith Moss writes about the specific needs of non-profit organizations in our community. If your group has a wish list it would like to share with our readers, contact Meredith: MMoss@coxohio.com

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