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Ernestine Thomas and Karen White of MACAAMany are surprised to learn that the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) has a thrift shop behind the building that is Carysbrook Performing Arts Center and Social Services. Recently they restocked and reorganized the thrift shop for the holiday season and into winter. If one has never visited, it is definitely a worthwhile trip, not only for the bargain hunter but for the many needy families; the proceeds from the shop help them stay afloat in tough times.
“We accept clean, gently used clothing and items in good working condition,” said Bertha Armstrong, the Fluvanna County Rural Outreach Director for MACAA Fluvanna Outreach. When asked how the opening of Goodwill has affected business she was positive.
“Despite the opening of Goodwill, we continue to have a steady stream of customers, mostly our regulars,” she said. The thrift shop offers a variety of items, form adult to children’s clothing, home goods, decorative items, and anything else someone may be searching for and find at MACAA. “We keep our prices low because we want to be able to accommodate the needs of the community,” she said. “We encourage parents to stop by and look at our children’s clothing, we have some very nice things.” She adds that every year they have a back to school sale on the children’s clothes and hopes next year parents will take advantage.
MACAA not only runs a successful thrift shop they also manage the food pantry and in conjunction with the FCSS, area churches come together with MACAA to help families through the upcoming holiday season.
“We need donations of non-perishable items,” said Armstrong. Canned goods, boxes of mixes and other similar items for Thanksgiving and Christmas are welcomed. She adds that MACAA is contacting local vendors for a discount on turkeys and is hopeful a couple of them will come through.
Regarding monetary donations, MACAA sent out 3,500 letters, asking donors for assistance during this holiday season.
“Services have increased over the years and it’s not just food but these families need help with paying utility bills or emergency energy or medicine,” she said. It’s not a once a year fundraiser but provides services throughout the year. Needs can be more acute at holiday time and into the bleak winter months if heat or electricity become a problem. Armstrong adds that MACAA serves the community in a variety of ways.
“We help people in a crisis and help connect them to resources,” she adds.
Anyone who would like to help, may donate clothing or items to the thrift shop, or stop in at the thrift shop and browse for the one-of-kind item you thought was so elusive. They are located at Carysbrook off Route 15 at 5725 James Madison Highway. Also, bring non-perishable items for the food pantry or send a donation to: P.O. Box 128, Fork Union, VA. 23055. Or call Bertha Armstrong at 842-2521