Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Letters to the editor: Thrift shop ideas

October 24, 2007

To the editor:

I would like to thank all of the people who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to donate items to our local Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Pantry. I usually spend one day a week there helping with all of the donations, sorting and labeling. This is, I feel, an invaluable part of our community and of great service.

I know those who work at the Thrift Store donate a tremendous amount of time and effort in the success of the store and this is evident.

There are some things that could help the Thrift Store be even more successful and ease the workload with minimal or no effort on the part of the donor.

If items are left at the location during business hours, volunteers can immediately process the items and not have them left to the elements.

This will help preserve the quality of the item and in turn preserve the best quality for the customer.

Also, if there are items that are not of marketable quality, it would be best for the donor to screen these and dispose of those items themselves, instead of leaving them at the store. There are extra charges involved when bulky or otherwise useless items need to be hauled off, and this cost comes directly out of the budget of the store. Space at the store usually is at a premium and every little thing helps.

I hope these suggestions help in making the store even more successful and again, thank you for your continued support.

Bonnie Putthoff

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