Gently used Christmas trees and holiday decorations are available in the Humane Society of York County’s annual Christmas store in Fort Mill.
The store opened last week and will be open four days a week until Dec. 28.
Proceeds go to the Humane Society of York County, a nonprofit animal shelter located on Regent Parkway in Fort Mill.
This year’s location is new for the society’s Christmas store. The nonprofit shelter started the holiday store four years ago.
Elaine Siegel, Humane Society volunteer and chair of the Christmas store operations, says she thinks shoppers will be amazed at the donated items in the store.
Throughout the year, Siegel collects Christmas decorations and items from the Humane Society’s main thrift store. The donated items are kept in storage until it’s time to open the Christmas store.
The inventory includes Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and other decorations.
All workers at the store are volunteers, Siegel said, which maximizes the return of money to the Humane Society.
Running the store is a “labor of love,” she said, and many volunteers contribute a lot of time.
While open, the Christmas store will continue to take donations of items, Siegel said, and she is always looking for more volunteers.
Right now, she said, the 1,200-square-foot store is full and there are still boxes of Christmas decor to be unpacked.
Sales at the store make up the Humane Society of York County’s biggest fundraiser of the year, she said.
“Without fundraising, there would be no shelter,” Siegel said.
She tells shoppers that buying from the store is “a gift that gives twice,” because they can use their purchase as a gift for someone else and their money will directly benefit shelter animals available for adoption.
Storett of Tega Cay donates a storage unit to the society to keep the Christmas items until holiday season begins.
SCG III Gateway LLC is donating the store space for the Humane Society to use this year.