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American Red Cross Opening HOPE Store Friday in Scottsdale

Grand Canyon - Hope Store

SCOTTSDALE (Nov. 19, 2012) – Shoppers can purchase a gift this holiday season that supports the mission of the American Red Cross, a chance to give something that means something when the Grand Canyon Chapter opens the nation’s only HOPE Store this week at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Off the ground for the third year in a row, the HOPE Store will operate during regular mall hours from Friday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Dec. 24, located at 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. It’s on the second floor of the mall, between Dillard’s and Macy’s and near Neiman Marcus. The store opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, and it will have extended hours in the run-up to Christmas.

“The HOPE Store offers a gift-buying experience that’s unlike any other in the Valley,” Grand Canyon Chapter Chief Executive Officer Bill Epps said. “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.”

Purchases at the HOPE Store provide hope to families that have lost everything in a house fire. Hope to people whose homes are flooded. Hope to patients requiring lifesaving blood. Hope to military members coping with crises. Even hope to children in search of vaccinations to stay alive. Making a donation for Red Cross services captures the spirit of the season, paving the way for help when it’s needed most. A card for the gift recipient tells what the donation means to those who benefit from Red Cross services, and it can be combined with ornaments or other Red Cross items on display.

Emergency preparedness is again the theme on the retail side, as the HOPE Store will carry disaster preparedness kits, first aid kits, first aid books and glow sticks. Back by popular demand are solar-powered, hand-crank emergency radios capable of charging cellphones and laptops. The HOPE Store also will accept contributions, with donors selecting from four areas of Red Cross services – disaster, sheltering, military and international. All purchases are tax-deductible, and the HOPE Store is completely underwritten by the community, meaning all proceeds go directly to Red Cross services.

The HOPE Store debuted in 2010 at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix, after Grand Canyon Chapter employees saw a YouTube clip about the Portuguese Red Cross running a similar venture. Last year, the HOPE Store was housed at the Arizona Center in Phoenix. The premier sponsor of the HOPE Store is Peoria-based Contractor Management Services, with support from the University of Phoenix, APS and Scottsdale Insurance Co. For inquiries about the HOPE Store, call 602-525-4425 or e-mail Grand Canyon Chapter Special Gifts Manager Traci Brewer at traci.brewer@redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.