Volunteers & a generous community make Heirlooms for Hospice a unique shopping experience | PostIndependent.com

Volunteers & a generous community make Heirlooms for Hospice a unique shopping experience

Alyssa Hampson
Grand Living Correspondent
Kathy Burum volunteers at Heirlooms for Hospice in Grand Junction.
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A beautiful vintage mirror, once someone’s family heirloom, sits perfectly on a shelf alongside designer silk scarves and a handmade ceramic bowl. This mirror, elegantly crafted with blue jewels was donated to Heirlooms for Hospice. It was given with gratitude to a store that will truly treasure the family heirloom and repurpose it for a great cause.

Heirlooms for Hospice in Grand Junction opened in May 2000. The store, an upscale resale shop, is full of wondrous items given by a generous and appreciative community. Proceeds from Heirlooms for Hospice support HopeWest, a local nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization whose mission is to profoundly change the way the community experiences serious illness and grief — one family at a time.

“I am amazed at the generosity of the people here in Grand Junction and the things they donate to us,” Heirlooms volunteer Kathy Burum said. “I’ve been volunteering at Heirlooms for 10 wonderful years. I’ve seen so many amazing treasures in our store — things from all over the world! The merchandise changes all the time. The only thing that doesn’t change about our store is the wonderful customers who come in a say what a beautiful store we have.”

The collection of remarkable items from many different time periods and regions are creatively displayed by volunteers like Burum, who donate their time doing what they love. Volunteers help run every aspect of the store from cashiering to helping customers to find the perfect treasure to take home. The Grand Junction store has more than 130 volunteers who make it their mission to do good.

“I feel selfish by volunteering here because it’s so fun,” Burum said. “Sometimes I think I get more out of the volunteer experience than the store gets out of me. If my job had ever been this fun I don’t think I would have ever retired!”

Heirlooms for Hospice is located at 635 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are also two additional locations: one in Montrose and the other, recently opened, in Delta.

“Sometimes the customers and volunteers become friends.” Burum said. “Customers will come in and share their stories that just touch your heart. It’s so rewarding to volunteer here and know that I’m helping people in the community.”

To find out more about Heirlooms, visit http://www.HeirloomsForHopsice.com or call the Grand Junction Heirlooms at 970-254-8556.

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