Cancer Aid Thrift Shop seeking volunteers |

Cancer Aid Thrift Shop seeking volunteers

The Cancer Aid Thrift Shop desperately needs volunteers.

Several crews in the Monday-Saturday schedule are short of volunteers and the shop is having to open with less people than are needed daily to run the store. There are two female volunteers at our front counter and three sorting, pricing and working the racks. We need one or two volunteers to test hardware, small appliances and electronics and pricing them. They also accept donations and take cancer patients to the basement to pick out medical supplies and customers to look at furniture for sale.

The shop can run without one volunteer but if more than one volunteer is missing, running the shop puts undue stress on the remaining volunteers. The shop might have to close for the day, which is a last resort. Unfortunately, this has happened more than once. By closing the shop, the organization makes no profits to help cancer patients pay for medications and travel expenses.

In this economy, everyone wants to save money on clothing, shoes, housewares, dishes, books, baby clothes, bedding, music, movies, jewelry, electronics and furniture. Everyone loses if the shop is closed.

Men play a very important role in the running of the shop. There are jobs that are unique to the male volunteers. Besides accepting donations, men test electrical hardware and electronics to make sure they are in good working order to sell. They prepare the shop for the next day. Women can also do this job, so they are invited to apply to work in this capacity.

If you have a day a week to donate to an excellent cause, the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop needs you. The organization have been serving Nevada County cancer patients for over 40 years with medications, travel and medical supplies; more than 97 percent of the profits go to help them. Call the store at 273-2365 for more information.

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