Barnstable thrift shop supports cancer research, treatment, support

WEST BARNTABLE — When does shopping for a coffee table or set of dishes for one’s home become a double positive – for the purchaser as well as another, often anonymous beneficiary?

This double-good effect can be the happy result of a purchase from the Cape Cancer Thrift Shop in West Barnstable, according to volunteers who donate time each week at the attractive gray-shingled shop set amid trees and lawn on Route 6A.

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Board member Wendy LaPine said it has a lot to do with “the personal connection” and camaraderie that come from interacting with customers and cancer patients on a daily basis.

Manager Maryann Crossley surrounded by fine treasures Saturday at the Cancer Thrift Shop along Route 6A in West Barnstable.  The store donates every cent of its income after expenses to Massachusetts-based cancer organizations.

Sales support cancer patients

Fellow board member Donna Sago, who sets up the shop’s work schedule, says that time spent working there is amply rewarded. “It’s such a nice feeling,” to be there, she said, knowing each sale benefits those who have been impacted by the disease. All the shop’s volunteers donate the hours they work as part of their own contribution to the cause.

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