The Rossland Health Care Auxiliary Society has upgraded its thrift store with support from Columbia Basin Trust. This project will help it continue to support local health care needs.
“Since the early 1940s, our thrift store business has been enhancing local health care services and increasing the comfort of patients and residents,” said Joan Hanson, Society President. “This renovation has made the building more safe and sanitary for our volunteers and customers.”
Renovations included improving basement access by installing an emergency door and increasing air quality by installing a heat recovery ventilation system. These follow previous upgrades to items like the sales area, storage spaces, insulation, and fire and carbon dioxide alarms. These have all helped the shop comply with health and safety standards and building and fire codes.
“The thrift store is an important part of the Rossland community,” said Kelvin Saldern, Community Relationships Manager, Columbia Basin Trust. “Not only do profits get donated to local health care organizations, but the store itself provides low-cost items to those in need. Plus it keeps used items from ending up in the landfill.”