LARGO - Religious Community Services is dedicated to providing help and hope for those in need. The RCS Food Bank supplies emergency food such as bread, canned meats, vegetables and baby food to more than 5,000 people throughout Pinellas County each month. RCS Grace House provides shelter for homeless families with children for up to two months. The Haven of RCS was founded to help victims of domestic violence. The program at that facility provides everything from food and shelter to clothing, individual and group support and legal advocacy. There's also the RCS Thrift Store at 2960 East Bay Drive, where sales benefit all of the above services, says longtime store director Linda Sofarelli.
The store has needs of its own, however. "We can always use more volunteers and material donations are needed on a continual basis as well," Sofarelli noted last week. Do any of you readers have dishes, silverware, sheets and towels, pots and pans or other household items you no longer need? All are on the store's current wish list. Donated items must be "usable" (in good condition), Sofarelli advised. .
Did you know the RCS Thrift Store has a boutique section featuring clothing with designer labels? Toys, books, collectibles, artwork and furniture can also be found there. Pick up of furniture donations can be arranged. Sofarelli would like you to know that a variety of Halloween merchandise is now available for purchase. Shop now, she suggests, as the costumes, wigs and decorations most likely will all be sold by mid-October.
The RCS Thrift Store is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on those days. Questions? Call (727) 531-6266.