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Clean out your closet & donate to St. Vincent dePaul thrift store

To the editor,
The St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Laconia is looking forward to another wonderful summer. It's springtime, and the weather is gradually warming. Spring flowers are starting to emerge, it's time to rake up the leaves, spread fertilizer on our lawns, and... deal with our closets that are too crowded.
I know it's time for me to clean out my own closet. The other day I was able to fill six large bags of clothing to donate to our thrift store, which leaves room to ... buy more new things for my wardrobe!
I'm sure a lot of closets in the Lakes Region need the same spring cleaning. Maybe you've been eyeing that new chair for the living room or new dressers for the bedroom. You'll have to clear some space by donating the old furniture. St. Vincent de Paul will help you with the job! Our volunteers at the thrift store are anxiously waiting for your donations to help us meet the needs of our community.
Most of the donated furniture and clothing is sold to support our programs — the pantry, financial assistance program, and the Children's Foundation. However, we also give away about $25,000 in clothing and household items to those who can't afford our already low prices. With all of our volunteer help, we're able to take your donated goods and help others.
As you've just finished preparing your tax returns, you'll appreciate that you always receive a receipt from St. Vincent de Paul for your donations if requested. And remember — the funds raised from your donations always stay local.
So, start looking around the house for those unused and unwanted items that can help bring a smile to some other family in our community. Thank you for all your support.
God bless you.
Erika Johnson, President
St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia
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