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Glendale White Dove Thrift Shoppe earns congressional recognition

White Dove Thrift Award

We are proud to receive the Congressional Community Advocate Recognition Award for our Glendale White Dove Thrift Shoppe, thanks to a nomination by Congresswoman Debbie Lesko. Pictured from left: sales associates Judy Hackett and Sandy Milder, Assistant Manager Erin Wirta, Manager Mike Baumann, Lesko’s Outreach Director Monica Yelin, and sales associates Sharron DuPlantis, Eusebio Medina and Chelsea Sheriff.

Glendale Independent
July 21, 2022
by Lin Sue Flood

The Glendale White Dove Thrift Shoppe has been a favorite destination for bargain shoppers since 2015, thanks to the dedication of its friendly staff and compassionate volunteers.

The work they do each day to raise funds for Hospice of the Valley’s charity care has earned the store a Community Advocate Recognition Award. The award honors nonprofits in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District that “strive to improve people’s lives.”

Outreach Director Monica Yelin presented the award on behalf of Congress on July 15.

“Your staff and volunteers are your most precious assets. Everything you have done has not gone unnoticed,” she said. “We are immensely grateful for your commitment to our community.”

Located at 17045 N. 59th Ave., the spacious Glendale store is one of four White Dove Thrift Shoppes that support care for patients and families without insurance or financial means. The others are in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa. The stores can also provide essential items at no charge — clothing, bed linens and medical equipment to patients experiencing hardship.

Hospice of the Valley’s nonprofit mission — Bringing comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community — is front and center.

“Our amazing team is focused on one thing: supporting patient care. That’s what it’s all about,” Glendale store manager Michael Baumann said.

That team includes volunteers like Rita Mazzacone.

“I was coming in as a shopper and they asked me if I would be interested in volunteering. I said ‘yes’ and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” she said. “We all do it for the love.”

Contact White Dove volunteer coordinator JoEllen Feltham at jfeltham@hov.org for more information on volunteering.