NORTH FORK – Grace Community Church (GCC) and the Thrift Store extend a hearty Thank You to all the generous people in the North Fork community.
“Your generosity overwhelms us and helps us in our goal to help people to have things they would not otherwise be able to afford,” say church officials.
However, some thoughtless people have been dumping their trash on the property, causing extra work for those who volunteer at the Thrift Store, and requiring the use of funds that should be going to assist those in need, to be used instead to pay dump fees.
The photo above shows the “dump site” that awaited church members when they arrived at GCC for Sunday morning worship services.
“The Church and Thrift Store operate on very tight budgets and the continued challenge of having to dispose of the trash of others adversely impacts the resources we can provide to those in need,” say church officials.
“We would like to remind those who would knowingly dump their junk at our Thrift Store to avoid dump fees instead of doing the responsible thing and taking it to the Transfer Station, forces our small church to pay for your junk. We have to pay the same dump fees as everyone else.”
GCC asks that donations be brought to them during the Thrift Store hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays or after church services on Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., for those who work during weekday hours.
“When people drop off donations at other times we have a problem with a small portion of our population stealing items in the dark of night. To make things worse, many times they rip bags open and leave a mess for the staff to clean up – this is especially difficult when it is raining.”
The signs on the wall are very clear:
“We understand that this situation is not unique to North Fork, nor to our Thrift Store. We hope people will realize they are stealing from God’s work to help people when they take donations left outside and when they drop off things that are obviously not sellable and we have to pay their dump fees.”