Turn­ing mer­chan­dise into mir­a­cles

South Shore Breaker - - AUTO - JUDY LAYNE NS SPCA judy­layne@east­link.ca

Nova Sco­tia SPCA Thrift Stores are so much more than places to find a great bar­gain. They rep­re­sent a new chap­ter in fundrais­ing that aims to sup­port Nova Sco­tia SPCA shel­ter op­er­a­tions and pro­grams across the prov­ince to help as many home­less an­i­mals as pos­si­ble.

“With 7,000 an­i­mals com­ing through SPCA shel­ters an­nu­ally and no gov­ern­ment fund­ing to sus­tain day-to-day op­er­a­tions, the thrift stores will hope­fully be a re­li­able source of rev­enue on a long-term ba­sis,” says Court­ney Bar­ber, Nova Sco­tia SPCA’S di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing.

The stores are also a venue that will en­gage Nova Sco­tia

SPCA vol­un­teers, donors and com­mu­nity mem­bers by pro­vid­ing one more way to par­tic­i­pate and show their sup­port for an­i­mals. Whether you’re a savvy bar­gain hunter, clean­ing out your home, down­siz­ing or an an­i­mal lover who wants to help by vol­un­teer­ing, a Nova Sco­tia SPCA

Thrift Store is the place for you. There are four stores across the prov­ince: Dart­mouth, New Mi­nas, Liver­pool and Syd­ney.

Shop thrifty

Nova Sco­tia SPCA Thrift Stores let you get great deals and save an­i­mals lives at the same time. The stores of­fer bar­gain op­por­tu­ni­ties to area res­i­dents, Nova Sco­tia SPCA sup­port­ers and trea­sure hunters alike. Each store is filled with a broad se­lec­tion of gen­tly-used, do­nated items in­clud­ing clothes, house­wares, jew­elry, toys, col­lectibles, small kitchen ap­pli­ances, home decor and small fur­ni­ture. Most im­por­tantly, your dol­lar can make a dif­fer­ence.

“One hun­dred per cent of the pro­ceeds from sales goes di­rectly to sup­port pro­grams and ser­vices for shel­ter an­i­mals,” says Bar­ber.

Nova Sco­tia SPCA Thrift Stores rely on the gen­eros­ity and sup­port of com­mu­nity do­na­tions to stock their shelves. If you’re down­siz­ing, mov­ing, spring clean­ing, re­dec­o­rat­ing or have qual­ity cloth­ing you don’t wear any more, don’t toss out gen­tly-used items — do­nate them. The Nova Sco­tia SPCA asks that you do­nate items that are clean, suit­able for re­sale and not bro­ken or dam­aged. Check out the list of items wanted and those that can’t be ac­cepted, along with do­na­tion drop-off de­tails on their web­site at sp­cans.ca/thrift-stores/.

Vol­un­teer

“Daily op­er­a­tions of SPCA Thrift Stores are run pri­mar­ily by a re­mark­able group of vol­un­teers who gra­ciously give of them­selves and their time,” says Bar­ber. She em­pha­sizes that ded­i­cated vol­un­teers are es­sen­tial to the stores’ suc­cess. They fa­cil­i­tate ev­ery­thing from sort­ing do­na­tions to mer­chan­dis­ing to cre­at­ing pos­i­tive cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences, while en­joy­ing the next chap­ter in their vol­un­teer­ing jour­ney with the Nova Sco­tia SPCA.

“We need all the vol­un­teers we can find who are able to com­mit to a three- to five-hour shift weekly, par­tic­u­larly for week­ends and evenings right now,” says Bar­ber. Paula Hasler and her daugh­ter, Shan­non East­man, vol­un­teer at the New Mi­nas Thrift Store.

“The ca­ma­raderie is wonderful; it feels like a fam­ily. It makes my heart smile to know we’re help­ing an­i­mals in the com­mu­nity,” says Hasler.

Whether you shop, do­nate or vol­un­teer, you are help­ing to turn mer­chan­dise into mir­a­cles for home­less an­i­mals.

Judy Layne is a vol­un­teer with the Nova Sco­tia SPCA. She is com­mit­ted to speak­ing for those who can­not speak for them­selves. She believes that each one of us who cares about an­i­mals can make a dif­fer­ence and to­gether we can make the world a bet­ter place for an­i­mals.

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