The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross is opening the nation's only HOPE store next week.
"It's an actual retail store that gives people a unique opportunity to purchase hope, a product that can't be seen, touched or heard but which can be felt," said Grand Canyon Chapter CEO David Emerson.
Purchases at the HOPE Store provide hope to families that have lost everything in a house fire or flood, the Red Cross said. It also serves up hope to patients requiring lifesaving blood, military members coping with crises and children in search of vaccinations to stay alive.
The store opens on Black Friday at Scottsdale Fashion Square at 7014 E. Camelback Rd. in Scottsdale.
The HOPE Store will be run by volunteers and will open at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. It will then operate during regular mall hours through Tuesday, Dec. 24. It will be on the second floor of the mall on the Nordstrom wing near the Build-A-Bear Workshop and Santa.
The HOPE Store will accept contributions, with donors selecting from four areas of Red Cross services - disaster, sheltering, military and international.
The premier sponsor of the HOPE Store again this year is Peoria-based Contractor Management Services, which is matching donations up to $15,000.
Support also is being provided by Scottsdale Fashion Square, the University of Phoenix, U.S. Airways and Scottsdale Insurance Company.
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