MAAC eases some restrictions at Thrift Shop for donations, customers

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 25 August 2020 at 8:25 am

MEDINA – The board of MAAC’s Thrift Depot on Orient Street has revised the guidelines implemented for customers and donors when the store reopened in June after the pandemic.

Sue Metzo, coordinator of the Thrift Depot, said they want to ease some of the concerns voiced by customers. She said customers and donations have been down and they hope easing restrictions will encourage more people to visit, and still feel safe.

She said she has contacted both The Salvation Army and Goodwill, and learned they do not have such strict restrictions as the Thrift Depot was practicing.

Metzo said customers will still have to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. They will no longer limit the number of shoppers in the store, she said. Children wearing masks will be allowed in the store, but they must stay with their parent at all times. This will be strictly enforced, she added.

The “touchless donation system” will continue, with the chutes remaining closed for now. Donations may be brought to the white door on Orient Street between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. There, the donor, wearing a mask, will be guided to deposit donations in a quarantine area. There will no longer be a limit on clothing or household items one wishes to donate.

Metzo asked that donors make sure all items are clean and in good condition.

“It is costly for us to discard soiled, ripped or broken items,” she said.

These revised guidelines will be posted on the MAAC Thrift Depot Facebook page.

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