Jay Church extends thrift store opening hours
JAY – St. Rose thrift store, located in the Church Street Parish Hall, has touched and touched the lives of thousands of area residents since it opened in October 2020.
“The thrift store provides an economical shopping spot with limited clothing, housewares and furniture,” said Stephanie Crowe, ward social ministry coordinator for St. Rose of Lima Parish in Jay and Parish St. Joseph in Farmington, according to a press release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. “All proceeds go to our parish social ministry which expands our ability to do good in the community.”
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Hours were extended due to the popularity of the store and the generosity of volunteers. When the store is open, donations are accepted including antiques, collectibles, books, clothing, clothing accessories, craft supplies, games, puzzles, housewares, jewelry, paintings, pictures, frames, shoes, boots and furniture. The thrift store does not accept broken items, car seats, chemicals, encyclopedias, firearms, grates, mattresses, medical equipment and supplies, or power tools.
The store was popular from the start because of its offerings, its central location, and its sole motivation to help others.
“By collecting and reselling used clothing and goods, we are managing material resources, ‘dress the nudes’, one of the seven bodily works of mercy, and help families and individuals stretch their hard cash a little harder. won, “said the father. Paul Dumais. “A thrift store allows families with limited income to buy their basic necessities with dignity, while respecting their budget.
Those in need of emergency assistance are also served by the store at no cost.
“We took a number of what we would call emergency calls from people in crisis. They need food, clothing, rent assistance, fuel assistance, ”Crowe said. “Thus, it also serves as a resource bank for the staff of the social ministry of the parish when we have to provide free clothing or other essentials to a person in need. We gladly use our donated items to help those in need. “
When deciding to open the thrift store, the parish looked to the success of the St. Sebastian thrift store in Madison and the St. Peter thrift store in Bingham, both part of Christ the King Parish. Crowe says one assurance they received from the operators of these stores was not to worry about getting enough donations, which turned out to be true.
“The generosity has been incredible. We have had such a generous response, ”said Crowe.
Sorting the donations is the work of volunteers like Jennifer Taylor of Wilton.
“If something is broken or missing parts or parts or is stained beyond repair, it goes in the trash. The rest of the items hang on hangers, matched by size, and we give them a price, ”Taylor said. “There were a lot of people who donated really nice clothes, famous brands like LL Bean and Baby Gap and OshKosh, Carter’s, really good quality clothes. They are in great shape because, if you think about it, kids get too big for their clothes before they wear them out. “
Whether it is feeding those in need of food or providing warmth during the cold winter months, the parish of Sainte-Rose de Lima is defined by its goal of being a source of tangible help. for anyone who needs it.
“We are committed to doing good in the community,” said Max Becher, director of the parish social ministry for parishes. “From Matthew 25, we are supposed to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners, visit the sick. It’s part of our faith. This is who we are.
The thrift store has more than 20 volunteers but always welcomes interested people who have free time to help sort and store items or manage the cash register. To volunteer, call Stephanie Crowe at 207-897-2173, ext. 1203.
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