Thrift Store re-opens on Water Street, Tuesday to Saturday
By Pat Payton
The Salvation Army foodbank in St. Marys is in need of certain food items.
This summer, the St. Marys Sally Ann recently came under the umbrella of the Stratford Salvation Army, and Stratford captain Mike Mailman and his wife Melissa come to St. Marys twice a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) “to help people with food requests.”
“We do it by appointment only,” Mailman explains. “We’re there as long as we have appointments for that particular day. They are pre-arranged. We meet people at the door and pre-pack the food hamper for them.”
Among the food items needed at the present time include: soda crackers, canned pasta, Kraft dinner, instant oatmeal, school safe snacks, pre-made fruit juice boxes, hamburger helper and canned fruit.
People can drop off these items at either grocery store in St. Marys (McDonald’s Independent and Stonetown Foodland). “We will pick them up,” Mailman says.
If people have a request for food, call the Salvation Army at 519-284-2760.
“We would like to thank the public because the town of St. Marys is amazing,,” the Stratford captain says. “We want to assure the St. Marys community that even though Stratford is overseeing, the donations made in St. Marys stay in St. Marys. Everything allocated for St. Marys makes it back to St. Marys.”
Family Thrift Store re-opens
The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store, at 35 Water Street South, re-opened the last week of August. The store is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is not open Sundays or Mondays.
Face masks are mandatory, and all items (clothing and household goods) are isolated for 72 hours when donated. The Thrift Store is again taking donations. They can be dropped off (placed in the bin) at the back door on Jones Street East during store hours.