The Compassionate Closet on Glendale Avenue in Lower Sackville is a unique shop with a unique goal: it exists to raise funds for Hospice Halifax.

As described on the organization’s website, “Hospice Halifax is a place like home for patients who require end-of-life care. It’s an option for patients with end-of-life care needs that can’t be met at home and who don’t require admission to an acute care facility.”

Hospice Halifax.

Recently, its new 10-bed hospice residence for patients from Nova Scotia and their families opened in the South End on Francklyn Street. Management expects it to host some 200 people per year, making the support that flows through the Compassionate Closet more important than ever.

Stocked with donations from supporters, the shop offers a selection of quality products, for which donors get receipts, so they can claim them on their income-tax return.

Volunteers run the store, working hard to create a welcoming environment. They’re cheery and helpful, described by Halifax Hospice management as “the heart of the store.”

And then there is Melissa Carroll, the store’s general manager whose background as a social enterprise coordinator suits the role ideally Carrol and her team work to help give people what everyone deserves: a peaceful place for their last days, comforting the dying and their loved ones alike.

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