Bargain for a Cause: Glendale White Dove wins congressional recognition

Glendale White Dove Thrift Shoppe received the Congressional Community Advocate Recognition Award, thanks to a nomination by Rep. Debbie Lesko. Pictured from left are 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. (Hospice of the Valley/Submitted)

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 from Rep. Debbie Lesko. 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 Lesko and Congress on July 15.

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

 Located at 59th Avenue and Bell Road, 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 always 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 says.

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. We all do it for the love,” she says.

It’s not surprising customers feel so welcome and keep coming back. A first-time shopper recently posted this review about the Glendale location: “New favorite thrift store in Arizona! Not only is it clean and nice, but the prices reflect prices of an actual thrift store! Their workers are also as kind as can be and seem like they really enjoy what they do. I have fallen in love with this store. Go check it out yourself!”

Interested in volunteering at any of our stores? Contact White Dove volunteer coordinator JoEllen Feltham at jfeltham@hov.org. We would love to have you join us! 

White Dove Thrift Shoppes

All stores are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For information on special sales or to make a donation, visit whitedovethrift.org.

• Glendale White Dove, 17045 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, 602-942-0011

• Mesa White Dove, 1255 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa, 480-491-1361

• Midtown White Dove, 2711 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-957-1204

• Scottsdale White Dove, 8461 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale, 480-609-1190

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