"From the Heart" Thrift Shop

The "From the Heart" Thrift Shop, an outreach program operating out of St. John's parish hall, opened its doors on November 3, 2005 for the first time.

The Thrift Shop is, in part, the result of our rummage sale since it became apparent after 8 years of rummage sales that there was a segment of our local population that needed good clothing at reasonable prices. Our rummage sale helped, but it was a once-a-year event and did not usually offer seasonal clothing.

We felt that we could open a shop that would be available on a monthly basis and offer gently used, clean, seasonal clothing. Since we always had such wonderful support from our parish family for our rummage sale, donating clothes, sorting clothes and helping out the day of the sale, we felt we could make a Thrift Shop work.

We also decided to return the proceeds of our monthly sales to local charities.

With the approval of our Rector, Father Ron Pollock and the vestry we began to make our plans.

Our shop is open the first Thursday of every month (except July & August) from 11 am to 6:30 pm.  The shop is set up at 2:30 on Wednesday and taken down at 6:30 pm on Thursday night. Volunteers for set up are always welcome.

Since our opening on November 3, 2005, we have donated $61,000.00 to local charities.

We could not do this without the help of our parish family and the community. We are both blessed and rewarded to see people with real needs find clothes that they can afford and take pride in.

We welcome anyone who would like to share in this ministry. If interested please call the church office for information or call Judy Marine at 908-722-5531 or e-mail jmarine5@verizon.net

Charities Gifted:

Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly (6 gifts)
IHN - Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County (5 gifts)
Somerville Area FISH (3 gifts)
SHIP - Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (5 gifts)
The Lord's Closet
Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children (2 gifts)
Jewish Family Service (3 gifts)
The Giving Network
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (2 gifts)
Resource Center of Somerset (3 gifts)
Jail Chaplaincy (3 gifts)
Middle Earth
Cooperative Housing Corporation (4 gifts)
Raritan Valley Habitat For Humanity
Somerville First Aid & Rescue Squad (3 gifts)
Women's Health & Counseling Center
The Center for Great Expectations (2 gifts)
Rescue Mission of Trenton
St. John's Discretionary Fund (2 gifts)
Steeplechase Center at Somerset Medical Center (4 gifts)
SWIM - Specialized Water Interest Movement, Inc. (2 gifts)
Somerset Handicapped Children's Treatment Center (Elks) (3 gifts)
Robert Woods Johnson AIDS Program
Somerset Regional Animal Shelter
Embrace Kids Foundation (2 gifts)
SHIP Mobile Medical Unit (2 gifts)
Jessamine Henderson Scholarship Fund
Alternatives Inc.
East Millstone First Aid Squad
Salvation Army (2 gifts)
Red Door Ministry (2 gifts)
Somerset Medical Center: Diabetes Treatment Center
Somerset Medical Center: Neuroscience Pavilion
St. Paul's Baptist Church Summer Youth Program (3 gifts)
Operation Shoebox/NJ (2 gifts)
Somerville Fire Department (3 gifts)
YMCAof Somerset Valley (2 gifts)
Combat Paper NJ
Somerville Middle School Band Department
Agape House
PKD Foundation Memorial for Carol Ann Caufield