A thrift store and food pantry is opening in Delhi this weekend.
Delhi United Methodist Church member Sheryl Schnittjer says they’ve had the idea for this for quite some time.
The ball started rolling in March, with a lot of work happening in the past month to convert 304 Franklin Street from apartments into the thrift store. For decades, it served the community as one of Delhi’s grocery stores.
The Delhi Thrift Store held a soft opening on Thursday night, giving the public a chance to get a sneak peek at what they’ll be offering. There are tables filled with kitchenware and home decor, clothing for all ages, toys and antiques. Carol Jebens says they’ll accept nearly anything that’s in new or gently-used condition – with the exception of a few items.
And along with the thrift store, there’s a food pantry too.
Anyone is welcome to drop off food and fresh produce – and anyone who needs it is welcome too. The same applies to the thrift store, with donations welcome during store hours – for right now, those hours will be Thursdays 4 to 7, Fridays 12 to 4 and Saturdays 9 to noon. The Delhi Thrift Store and Food Pantry will be run by volunteers and Susan Button says they could use more help.
And though this non-profit thrift store was started by the Delhi United Methodist Church, Jebens says the money raised will be spread out across the Delhi community.
Schnittjer says they’re looking forward to serving the community. She says so far, the support for their store has been amazing.
The Delhi Thrift Store and Food Pantry will hold a grand opening on Saturday, August 20th. A ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 am and the store opens at 9 am, with complimentary cookies and door prizes.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH