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Maria Grieve

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February 6, 2014
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Thank you for supporting Cancer Aid Thrift Shop

For more than 42 years, the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop (CATS) has been true to its mission statement: Raising and allocating funds to help Nevada County residents with cancer-related expenses.

In fact, since 1971, CATS has contributed more than $5 million to cancer patients in our community.

For cancer patients who apply for assistance, CATS has helped pay for medications and travel expenses when treatment is in out-of-county centers. Assistance has been awarded to patients ages 2 to 100.

The shop has also maintained an inventory of home-assistance medical equipment and other cancer-related items for use by patients we assist.

The escalating costs of medications, coupled with the bad economy, has caused the need for assistance to increase in the last few years.

Lucky for CATS, the poor economy has also brought more customers into the store who have realized that thrift stores give people living on a budget a lot more “bang” for their dollar! But it’s much more than that. CATS has enjoyed a long list of committed and loyal customers who support our cause and like our products. ranging from men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes to housewares, appliances, collectibles, accessories, jewelry, baby items, books, music, movies and furniture.

There is very little overhead because the building was donated by the founder of CATS, Vivian Huson and her husband, Walt, in 1970. CATS has more than 30 volunteers ranging from the store manager, day managers, cash register clerks, sorters, people who price, people who clean out old inventory and men who accept and unload donations from vehicles. Several volunteers have been with CATS for over 20 years! CATS’ volunteers have joined for different reasons. Most want to work with an organization that donates about 97 percent of its profits to help cancer patients.

In fact, many of our volunteers are cancer survivors whom the store has helped. The store has only three part-time paid employees: a case manager, an accountant and a two-hour-a-week custodian.

CATS thanks everyone who has ever donated items to the store.

Without your donations, we would have no merchandise to sell.

We also thank all our volunteers who donate the most valuable gift — their time, because without them, the store could not open or operate.

Most of all, we thank our loyal customers. Without them, we would not be able to help the thousands of cancer patients in our community who so desperately need our financial assistance. Thank you!

Maria Grieve is chairman of the board for CATS.

The escalating costs of medications, coupled with the bad economy, has caused the need for assistance to increase in the last few years.

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