ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- A seasonal and popular shop made possible by community donations is getting ready to open its doors for yet another year in Albertville, and all of the proceeds go straight back into Marshall County.
A building in Albertville holds a kaleidoscopic display of hundreds of items with one theme in common. "This is the Hospice of Marshall County Holiday Thrift Shoppe," explains Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove CEO Rhonda Osborne.
The shop is fairly bursting with trees, ornaments, and just about any other holiday decoration imaginable. Just as it is every year, the items will be for sale for the holiday season.
All of it is donated by the community. "We have wonderful community support, and we start getting Christmas donations even before Christmas arrives for the following year," Osborne says.
It sells as fast as the staff puts it out until they close up for the season. "By the time we close we have almost no merchandise," Osborne says.
All of the proceeds from the donated items go straight back into the work Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove, a non-profit agency, does across the area. "It supports the care of patients who have no insurance, or even extra programs that we do such as our bereavement program and our Camp HOPE, but everything goes right back into the program," explains Osborne.
A soft opening for the shop is set for September 29. The grand opening and ribbon cutting will be October 6.
The shop will be open through the holiday season, and it's located at 400 North Broad Street in Albertville.
The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from September 29 through December 17.