The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. a non-profit organization based in Scotch Plains, reminds area residents of the many bargains and great finds available at its Hope Chest thrift store. Located at 26 Prospect Street in the heart of Westfield, the Hope Chest is filled with a wide selection of housewares, collectibles, accessories, jewelry and more — many holiday-related — that make great gifts or help decorate the home for the season. The store, which is run entirely by volunteers from the Center’s Auxiliary, donates all proceeds of every sale to the Center’s charitable care fund, which provides millions of dollars in free or low-cost hospice care for terminally ill patients who lack the ability to pay.

“Shopping at the Hope Chest not only benefits special people on one’s gift list but also brings hope to so many families who need our support,” said Helga Thomas, a long-time Auxiliary member and store manager. “Patrons are often surprised at the wonderful array of items available at any given time there.” The store is stocked with an eclectic array of new and gently used items, donated by members of the wider community.

The Hope Chest is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 4:00 p.m. Donations of new and gently used clothing, household goods, and other items may be dropped off on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information about the store or to ask about volunteer opportunities, visit