To The Daily Sun,
We may have had three major snow storms in the past month but spring is right around the corner. The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is bustling with shoppers who are taking advantage of our $1 Winter Clearance Sale. The dedicated volunteers who work in the sorting, pricing and bailing departments have been busy getting our spring and summer clothing and accessories together for the coming seasons. The volunteers in the housewares, furniture and small appliances are busy sorting and cleaning all the gently used items that are donated to St. Vincent de Paul, then arranging them in “wonderful displays” throughout the store. The Thrift Store accepts debit/credit cards, MasterCard, and Visa with a $10 minimum purchase. The Thrift Store is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Don’t forget to check the “Daily Specials Board” when you enter the store!
The Food Pantry is always busy with activity on Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. A new check-in window has been installed in the pantry’s entrance way, making it easy for customers to register as they enter the pantry to pick up the needed food items for their household. Families may come once a month to pick up food supplies to help stretch their budgets. Regular hours for the Food Pantry are Mondays from noon-2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.
The Children’s Foundation is busy working with school nurses, guidance counselors, case managers and teachers by providing them with necessities for children so they will have a positive self-esteem and educational experience. Parents with infants and toddlers (under 5 years of age) may come into the Thrift Store and request assistance with diapers and wipes once a month. The Children’s Foundation also provides book scholarships for college students who could use help with purchasing books for their classes. For more information regarding the Children’s Foundation Program you may call 524-5470.
The Financial Assistance team continues to help and serve residents of the cities/towns of Alton, Belmont, Gilford, Gilmanton and Laconia. Financial teams of two meet with individuals to help assess their needs and determine where financial help is needed. Please visit your town or city welfare office before calling to make an appointment
Volunteers are always needed at St. Vincent de Paul. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about this opportunity, please stop by the store to fill out an application and ask to speak with Erika or Betty. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, a 501C3 organization, is located at 1269 Union Ave. in Laconia. For more information, please stop by the Thrift Store or call 524-5470.
Sue Page, Volunteer
St. Vincent de Paul Society Children’s Foundation