Thrift Store Donations
Donations are accepted at the store any time it is open.
We are not able to accept:
- Mattresses (unless in like-new condition)
- Bed Pillows (unless new)
- Personally recorded cassette and video tapes
His Supper Table greatly appreciates donations for the Thrift Store. Please keep in mind, however, that for items that can’t be sold, the organization must pay to have them dumped, thereby taking funds from the feeding program. Following is a letter to the editor by one of our young volunteers that was published some years ago in the Chinook Observer.
Your donations make a difference: good or bad?
I’m a 14-year-old boy scout, and while working on my Citizenship in the Community merit badge, I started volunteering at His Supper Table Thrift Store. I’ve learned some things that I’d like to share with the rest of the community.
The money raised by our local thrift stores goes to help feed the needy people on our Peninsula, so it is important that there isn’t any waste. I’ve seen a huge problem of wasted resources, though, because of the things people contribute. Lots of people bring nice and clean things that can be put out in the store and sold. But there are also lots of people who bring stuff just so they won’t have to pay to put it in the dump. Sometimes it is very obvious. They will put something nice in the top of the boxes to cover up the garbage.
There are several problems with this. 1. It takes a very long time to deal with the stuff. Sometimes we spend hours just dealing with people’s garbage. The store has to use their volunteers to take care of this trash since there are no paid employees. 2. Another problem is that His Supper Table has to pay huge dump fees, taking away from the money raised to feed people. Sometimes we have a whole truckload of this stuff. We used to be able to drive unusable clothes to Longview for Goodwill to use as rags, but they won’t accept them any longer. 3. Donating useless things gives the store a bad reputation because when people see a lot of junk sitting around, they won’t want to shop there.
I want to encourage people to do three things. 1. Bring in things they no longer need, if they aren’t broken, dirty or obsolete. Nice, usable things are really appreciated since they will sell when put on the shelves. 2. I also want to encourage people to not bring stuff that probably won’t sell, because that is taking money away from the people in our community who really need help. It also wastes the time of so many caring people who come in every week and volunteer. 3. I want to invite everyone to come in to shop. Right now, we have a really great selection of books, including kids’ books, many almost like new.David Craft