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Person of the Week volunteers at Hospice Thrift Store to honor her parents

Brenda McKinney volunteers almost every day at the Hospice Thrift Store in Asheville. She said giving back is just one of the values instilled by her parents early on. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

News 13's Person of the Week, Brenda McKinney, says donating her time gives her a special connection to loved ones she has lost.

McKinney volunteers almost every day at the Hospice Thrift Store in Asheville. She says giving back is just one of the values instilled by her parents early on.

"I love being here because it allows me to give back to the community and also as a tribute to my parents," she explained.

She sorts the items donated by the community for a powerful purpose.

"Every spool of thread, every thimble, every piece of paper helps someone that is in hospice care," McKinney said of her work at the thrift store.

Her late parents, Paul and Mary, were married almost 50 years. When Paul passed away in 2009, hospice care helped the family at a painful time.

"With dad, for the last two years of his life, it was like they had become part of the family and we relied on them," McKinney recalled.

Her dad was a lifelong farmer who planted a seed in the minds of his children.

"He instilled in us a legacy of faith, family, and friends," McKinney said of her father.

So, now she volunteers for a cause close to her heart. McKinney's time spent at the thrift shop is in memory of the loved ones who shaped who she is today.

"He was always willing to provide a helping hand," she said of her dad.

The Hospice Thrift Store on Fairview Road in Asheville is run by the Care Partners Foundation. They're always in need of donations and volunteers.

To learn how you can help, visit their website.

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