St. Paul’s Thrift Shop held four fundraisers this year and helped many organizations with their projects in the community.
On November 24 and 25 they held their third annual Black Friday sale which was their biggest fundraiser of the year with 100 per cent of all funds raised going towards the food bank. Throughout the two days they had many different items available for purchase and they were able to raise $1,001.
A fundraiser was also held for the Agricultural Society earlier, with all funds raised going towards the Santa Parade. For that fundraiser, St Paul’s was able to raise $890. The two other fundraisers held this year were for the Golden Opportunities for Refugees with $690 being raised for the first one and $830 for the second one.
“All these fundraisers and extra little things we’ve been doing are all pretty new within the last three years. Recently we had the ability to do all this extra stuff,” said St. Paul’s Thrift Shop manager Jackie Casey.
With Christmas approaching, St. Paul’s has begun their gift card distribution. Every year they distribute $5,000 worth of gift cards throughout the community with each one valued around $5.00. The Food Bank receives approximately $2,500 of the distributed gift cards for their Christmas Hampers and the other $2,500 going towards organizations such as the Family Centre, the Women’s Centre, Victim Services and the Alternate School.
For the second year in a row, St. Paul’s will also be donating winter clothing to a local group who will be travelling to Calgary to distribute winter clothing to the Calgary homeless.
Looking towards next year, St. Paul’s will again be helping with Project Prom. Project Prom is a program that has been running in Golden for the past three years that allows grads the opportunity to receive free prom dresses. St. Paul’s Thrift Store is a hub for collecting prom dresses and they offer open houses for grads and dates to come shop for, and try on the free dresses.
Project Prom runs from January to March with open houses being held on January 8, February 5 and March 5, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Casey says they have around 80 dresses to give out this year and encourages girls and their parents to come take a look.
Casey said Project Prom is one of their biggest giveaways and hopes grads take the opportunity to see the dresses available and maybe spare them from buying expensive dresses that will only be used once.
St. Paul’s Thrift Shop has been a part of the community for over 18 years and is continuing to make a difference in Golden. Having now received the means necessary to sustain themselves and the ability to hold these fundraisers, Casey says they hope to be able to continue making a difference and help organizations with fundraising efforts.
St. Paul’s Thrift Shop is located at 915 9th Street South behind Abbeyfield house.