By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Published on July 3, 2022 at 8:35 am
MEDINA — The Thrift Depot at 536 Orient St., operated by the Medina Area Churches Association, announced it would resume Tuesday evening after being closed for two years due to Covid-19. There is, however, a slight change in the Tuesday evening schedule, according to Sue Metzo, who oversees the operation.
“We will be open from 5-7 p.m. April through October,” Metzo said. “Some concerns and issues have forced us to be closed in late fall and winter.”
Metzo said they sometimes face a problem with donations left outside. Because they are only open 14 hours a week, these items could be outside for a day or more, where they can be rained on or vandalized. The public is asked if they cannot deposit their donations in the chutes provided for this purpose, please come during the normal opening hours of the store, which is from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from 5:00 p.m. a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from April to October.
For those unfamiliar with the MAAC Thrift Depot, it is run with the help of 20-30 volunteers. There are no paid employees, Metzo said.
“Our dedicated volunteers work between two and 20 hours a week,” she said.
The MAAC Thrift Depot is part of the non-profit organization, the Association of Medina Area Churches, which was established around 1970. Sixteen churches in the Medina area are members. It consists of a Clergy Fellowship, Thrift Depot, MAAC Christmas Box Program, and Medina Area Christian Theater. Throughout the year, they hold Lenten Luncheons, a Good Friday Walk of the Cross, an Easter Morning Sunrise Service, an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, and an Advent in the Park.
MAAC began when several religious groups combined to provide clothing for students who worried school nurses, Metzo said. So many people wanted to contribute that there was an abundance of good second-hand clothes that were donated first.
But when more and more clothes arrived, it was decided to treat it like a clearance sale. The money earned was used to buy new underwear for children in need. From there, it just grew and grew. It became the MAAC Clothing Depot and operated for years behind the old Medina High School on Catherine Street. When the old high school was sold, the Depot moved to its new location on Orient Street in 2018 and was renamed Thrift Depot.
After paying their expenses, the rest of the money earned is donated to the community, Metzo said. In 2021, MAAC donated $41,703 to over 20 area agencies or churches.
The Thrift Depot primarily accepts undamaged and clean clothing, linens, toys, books, DVDs, CDs, and small household and kitchen items. Unfortunately they don’t have space for furniture or large baby items. There is a list on their Facebook page (MAAC Thrift Depot) of items they cannot accept.
Anyone with questions can message Thrift Depot on Facebook or call and leave a message at (585) 798-6657. A volunteer will return the call within 24 hours.