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The Attic, Haven Hospice's Store, Provides Bride's Dress, Will Get Would-be Wedding Gifts

4:15 PM, Oct 12, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville bride-to-be is using her wedding to help others.

On any given day, you can find Lisa Norvelle perusing the racks in The Attic, a resale store run by Haven Hospice, a non-profit with special meaning to Norvelle.

"It's a way to give back for what they've done for my family," Norvelle explained.

Hospice cared for Norvelle's grandmother and her fiance's mother before they passed away. So when she spotted the dress while looking for deals one day, she knew it was the right one.

"I couldn't think of a better place to purchase my wedding dress," Norvelle said. "And when I'm done with it, I'll turn around and donate it back."

Her support of Haven Hospice didn't stop with the dress. She also pledged to raise funds for the non-profit's new Care Center.

"While I was in here purchasing the dress I said, 'You know what?... In lieu of wedding gifts, I'm just going to donate everything to hospice.' It just rolled. And then I looked at [my fiance] and said, 'Is that okay?'"

Her fiance agreed.

"I don't need pots and pans, I don't need shower curtains, I don't need any of that," Norvelle said. "I just don't see any reason for someone to go buy me unnecessary gifts when they can donate what they were going to give me to such a good cause."

But while she may not need them, she still loves a good thrift-store deal.

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