Navy Marine Corps Relief Society reopens thrift store, concludes fund drive

(Via Ho’okele News)

Volunteers sort donated merchandise at the NMCRS Pearl Harbor Thrift Shop.

Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth

Assistant Editor, Ho’okele

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Pearl Harbor Thrift Shop reopened May 15. The thrift store had been closed for cleaning and sanitizing since April 21 due to flooding from a water main break.

The thrift shop is located in building 1492 on the lower level of a barracks building near Utah Hall.

“We have lots and lots of new donations we want to sell,” said Paul Belanger, director of NMCRS Pearl Harbor. “We need the space!”

The shop features separate rooms for men’s and women’s uniforms, household goods, toys, children’s clothing, men’s and women’s clothing, books, DVDs, CDs and many other items. Many items in the store is priced at $1 or less. All of the thrift store merchandise is donated. Sales raise funds to be used to assist Sailors, Marines, family members and retirees in time of need.

The NMCRS Thrift Shop is open Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with base access is welcome to shop there.

NMCRS Pearl Harbor also recently wrapped up the main portion of their annual fund drive.

“The fund drive is an annual event to raise money to continue to provide services such as loans and grants,” said Belanger. “This year, we’ll have raised a little over $400,000. As usual, Hawaii Sailors and Marines did an excellent job of taking care of their own.”

Even though the fund drive is officially over, NMCRS accepts donations all year long. For Sailors and Marines interested in having allotments taken out of their paychecks to go to NMCRS, the deadline for 12-month allotments is May 20. However, allotments for shorter time periods are available throughout the year. To set up allotments, service members can contact their command’s fund drive coordinator.

Volunteers operate the NMCRS Pearl Harbor thrift shop, and additional volunteers are always needed at both the thrift shop and the NMCRS offices. Those interesting in volunteering can contact Felix Navarro at 473-0282.

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