The new Cotton Blossom Thrift Store now is open for business at 11851-D Marana Road.

Located between National Bank of Arizona and Circle-K service station, the store's current hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Hours are likely to expand as the volunteer worker group grows.

Among the "gently used" items for sale are clothing, tables, chairs, hanging wall pictures, kitchen appliances, bicycles, washers, dryers and television sets. More household goods donations – like furniture, table lamps and glassware – are needed. No children's toys are being accepted.

People who want to donate any items or work as volunteers should check in advance with store manager Imelda Pines. The store's phone number is 682-1094. Items must meet resale and functioning standards, she explains.

Profits from store sales will be used for health-related educational programs sponsored by MHC Healthcare, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. The store is affiliated with corporate flagship Marana Health Center.

The Health Center has internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, women's health, dentistry and pharmacy services at its 13644 N. Sandario Road location. The Health Center and its satellite clinic network serve 35,000 patients making 100,000 visits each year – up 400 percent from seven years ago, a release said.

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