Plenty of reasons to stay local and shop thrifty

Listening to a piece on CBC, the commentator said that “fast clothing” is contributing to high carbon emissions.

Think of what you do with your unused clothing. By donating it to Community Care’s Thrift Shop you’re helping the planet by making it possible for people to reuse your unwanted items. You’re also helping people get goods for a lower cost. And you’re helping seniors live at home. It’s a win-win-win! Often people think that thrift store shoppers are just looking for goods at a low price. Of course, that is true for some but others are concerned about the environment.

You see, if you patronize Community Care’s Thrift Shop you’re in a place where people donate their used items and others buy them. That diverts usable items from the landfill. The money that’s raised supports seniors to live at home. There’s even a fourth win to the Thrift Shop. The effort gives volunteers a wonderful outlet for their time and talents – and affords them an opportunity to make new friends and socialize, too.

There are many benefits – to the donors, shoppers, volunteers, seniors who need support and to the environment. The latter benefits everyone. This is an amazing shopping experience, something not to be missed! Community Care’s Thrift Shop volunteers are accepting donations of clothing for the whole family and good used household items. We will accept furniture, toys, dishes and other household items, craft supplies, coats, shoes, clothing, jewellery.

Drop off your donation anytime during hours the shop is open – Monday 1-4pm, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

. Take your stuff to the front door or to the door at the side of the building at 153 Main Street in Picton. 100 per cent of the money raised stays right here in The County. Call the shop at 613-476-1555 for more information. There’s a whole section about the Thrift Shop on Community Care’s website at This column usually includes websites that readers can go to for more information. Remember that there are computers in every library available for public use. There are even tablets for seniors to borrow from the library. Ask for help to use the tablet and to borrow an internet stick along with it. This is a partnership between the library and Community Care.

And finally, if you’d like to volunteer to spend three great hours a week at the Thrift Shop then call the office at 613-476-7493 and start the conversation about doing so.

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