10/9/2013 10:00:00 AM Thrift Store in Quartzsite donates to businesses
Times photo/JOANNE WINER
Top left photo: Public Library receives donation from Thrift Store; top right photo: Tyson Stage Stop Museum picks up check from thrift store customers, board members and volunteers.
Joanne Winer QUARTZSITE TIMES
QUARTZSITE - The Quartzsite Community Thrift Store was started two and a half years ago, with a mission of using their funds raised in the store to help local organizations who service the town and groups that need help with funding to pursue their goals for Quartzsite. Since opening their thrift store, the board and volunteers are proud of the fact that they have now donated $20,000 back to the community.
Many very deserving organizations have received checks to help them with their programs, including the Quartzsite Fire Department, Quartzsite Police Department, Quartzsite Senior Citizens Center, Alliance Church Youth Camp Fund, Parks and Recreation Dept., Quartzsite Elementary, Li'l Scholars' Preschool and Scholars' Academy Schools, La Paz County Search and Rescue, Quartzsite Food Bank, and Isaiah 58 Project. They have also set aside a fund to be used for emergency supplies in case of a power outage or other disaster where people have no have a place to go.
This past board meeting, two other organizations were added to the list the Quartzsite Public Library, and the Tyson Stage Stop Museum--both organizations are very active in Quartzsite and provide much needed promotion of the town and activities for the residents and visitors. Both organizations depend mostly on donations, and every little bit helps keep their doors open. The board voted to give each group $250 this month--there will be more to give away again as soon as the season gets busier and the store goes on its winter hours--about two weeks from now.
The thrift store would not be able to do so much to give back to the community if it were not for all the donated items that come into the store, and also due to the customers who come in to purchase them. The friendly volunteers work very hard to get all the items sorted, cleaned and ready for sale, and their efforts have been noticed by many of the customers who comment on how wonderful the store looks when they come in.
With everyone starting to come back again for the winter, the store will be going on its winter hours as soon as all the volunteers are back, and donations are always welcome during open hours. Please take any donations around to the back of the store. If you have things you need to bring after hours, or if you want them picked up, you can call Jini Dill at 928-916-7338. Receipts for donations are available upon request.