By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — The newly formed Ecumenical Heart and Hands Thrift Shop held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning and also received blessings from pastors of the three churches which joined together to make it a reality.
Replacing a popular, local, charitable thrift store which closed in 2015, the Heart and Hands shop is a collaborative effort to fill a much-needed resource by the leadership and congregations of three Meredith churches — the First Congregational Church, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.
Dr. Russell Rowland, pastor of the First Congregational Church, said that the Shaker motto "Hands to work and hearts to God sums up quite well what our new, nonprofit thrift shop is all about."
Proceeds from this nonprofit thrift shop will directly benefit other community nonprofit organizations which need assistance, and it will be run by community volunteers.
The shop will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donated items are accepted during those hours.
The following items that are clean, good shape and working will be accepted: clothing, footwear, accessories, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, jewelry, knickknacks, pictures, greeting cards, books, movies, music, towels, bedding, curtains, children's clothing, toys, games with no missing pieces, seasonal décor, table clothes, place mats, yarn, craft supplies, fabric, costumes, antiques, bureaus, small furniture, lamps, hand tools, instruments, new candles, unused toiletries/ sports equipment. The shop will not accept electronics, air conditioners, TVs, microwaves, large appliances, cribs, car seats, exercise equipment, used pet items, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, guns, ammo, 6'+ couches, pillows, ski boots or mattresses.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the store to help receive and sort goods. Those who would like to volunteer are asked to join by calling the coordinator Pam Patenaude at 520-444-0088.
Bargain hunters look over clothes at the Hearts and Hands Thrift Shop on Maple Street in Meredith. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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