It takes a lot of quarters to add up to $1,000, but one by one, the Hancock Clothing Bank got there, all for a worthy cause.
After four years of being closed, the Hancock Clothing Bank reopened for business in June of this year. The clothing bank, located on Atlantic Ave, next to Inn Like Flinn's, is operated by volunteers, receives donations from the public and gives all income to area organizations.
Della Conroy of Hancock orchestrated the re-opening this summer and has arranged for volunteers and advertising for the store. Sharon Torma has been working nearly all of the shifts with the store open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. In recent weeks, another shift has been added on Tuesday from 3-6 p.m.
Since the building in which it is housed is not heated, the clothing bank closes down each fall. At that point the income from the summer sales is distributed among local organizations. The income for this year is just over $1,000 which will be divided between groups such as the Hancock library, fire department, First Responders, cemetery fund, Lions, Commercial Club, Courage Center and others.
Torma said that she has seen some quality products donated this year and people are so appreciative of what they have to offer. The store takes not just clothing but all types of household items, toys, furniture, collectibles and much more. They have had three households donate a large number of items due to death or moving.
She added that they have also had many wonderful volunteers through the summer. Some show up thinking the time will go by slowly but soon learn that there is a lot to be accomplished in those short hours. Donated items are sorted by size and arranged carefully in displays. Most items in the store are marked at 25 cents. However, if an item is determined to be of more value, it could be marked higher. Sometimes it is difficult to make those calls. For example, they currently have a few art pieces that were donated and it is hard to evaluate exactly what they are worth.
For the first two weeks in October, the clothing bank will be holding a $2 bag sale in an effort to reduce the inventory. They will also add another shift, being open on Thursday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. along with the Tuesday and Thursday morning and Tuesday afternoon times. Interested buyers can also make arrangements to come at other times by calling one of the volunteers.
In mid-October most of the remaining items will be boxed up and donated to the Orphan Grain Train, a company that provides items for different orphanages throughout the United States. There may be a few items saved until next spring when they will reopen for business. However, most things at that time will be new donations.
With everything wrapped up for the year, the organizers will meet and determine exactly where the money will be donated. They will also be looking forward to the next season always watchful for items that can be included in the next inventory.