Donate Personal Care Products at SEVCA's "Good Buy" Stores to Receive Discount
SEVCA's "Good Buy" Thrift Stores are now offering customers the opportunity to give to local kids and families in need and get something back at the same time. Now through December 20, everyone who donates personal care items to SEVCA's "Care for Kids & Families" Collection Drive will receive 10% off any purchase at our Good Buy Stores. Diapers, baby formula, shampoo, and toothpaste are some of the items urgently needed by local homeless shelters and food shelves to distribute to families in need.
"The Good Buy Stores already provide a service to our communities by offering low-cost clothing, furniture, and household goods, but we wanted to do something extra around the holidays," said Tonia White, Director of SEVCA's network of stores. "A lot of people think about donating food at this time, but it turns out that one of the biggest unmet needs in our area is actually for baby care and personal care products."
The organizations that will distribute the items collected are the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Our Place Drop-in Center in Bellows Falls, and the Springfield Family Center. They offer groceries, meals, and shelter to hundreds of families in crisis every month, but often come up short when it comes to providing the personal care essentials most people take for granted.
"Once people pay their rent and utilities, they don't even have enough to meet their food needs, so they come to us. They certainly don't have enough money to pay for things like infant formula and diapers, which are extremely expensive," said Lisa Pitcher, Executive Director of Our Place. "And those who are eligible for 3SquaresVT can't use their benefits for anything but food."
Stephanie Thompson, Executive Director of the Springfield Family Center, said she can't keep up with requests for personal care items. "These are not luxuries, they are essential to everyone's health and well-being," she said. "When we have these items in stock, they just go so fast." She pointed out that babies and toddlers in day care are required to have diapers and wipes, which puts an incredible strain on the budgets of families with lower incomes.
Items needed for the Care for Kids & Families Collection Drive include disposable diapers (especially sizes 3, 4, & 5), baby wipes, infant formula, baby lotion and powder, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, feminine products, tissues (Kleenex) and toilet paper. "Good Buy" Store locations in Springfield, White River Junction, and Bellows Falls are all accepting donations. Customers may shop when they drop off their contribution or use their 10% discount during a future visit. The location, hours, and contact information for the stores can be found at http://www.sevca.org/thrift-stores/locations or by calling SEVCA at (800) 464-9951.