Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shopping SVdP Thrift Stores impact lives locally!

St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard sell usable donated items, which are picked up free of charge throughout the year to help fund the Society's various local charitable programs.

Approximately 215,000 individuals visited the stores last fiscal year. The value of clothing, furniture and other household donations collected was $2.8 million. Revenue received from sales was more than $3.9 million.

In part, the donations helped shoppers on fixed incomes, assisted more than 2,000 children, women and men in extreme-need through a St. Vincent de Paul supported free-distribution program and sustained jobs for 140 employees in tough economic times.


"Being a single mother of five children, ages 2-10, and having a $9 an hour job, the St. Vincent de Paul store helps me and my children very much. Everything in the store is reasonably priced, which helps my budget. It allows me to get my children clothes, furniture in their room, toys to play with and even a vehicle (to that, my son says 'woohoo...no more walking to school')."

~ Luisa, 28, L.A.

To make a tax-deductible donation today, please call 800-97-HELP-1 or 323-224-6280.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great article! It's also great to see that the old stigma of shopping second-hand is disappearing through mainstream popularity. I run Thrift Store Confidential, and we're dedicated to "rebuilding the economy, one savvy shopper at a time." We have resources and information on all things thrift, for die-hard thrifters and second-hand virgins alike. Please stop by and say hello!

And thank you, SvDP, for the work that you do.

All best,