April 1, 2018 - Volume 16 Issue 4

Why do Thrift Stores play a role on Earth Day (and every day)? 

In today's world, there's a lot of buying and tossing.  This disposable lifestyle leads to more waste in landfills.  As a thrift shop, we understand the value our services play in a healthier Earth!  

We give consumers the opportunity to discard items that have some life left by donating them.  Gently used items easily find a new life in businesses and homes without going straight to the dump.  Clothes, furniture, decor, toys and other housewares are big sellers in our thrift shops.

What about items with a blemish, only slightly dysfunctional, or perhaps outdated?  There's a growing population of creative consumers up-cycling or re-purposing merchandise.  Pieces from an old game might make unique jewelry.  An old ladder might be reconfigured into a desk or table.  A vintage lamp might be updated with LED lights and a coat of paint.  An old muffin tin might be a great place to sort beads or jewelry.  Or, quality furniture may take on a new life by being recovered.  Not only are the options endless, but they are also earth friendly!  These innovative buyers are practicing a thrifty and green life with clever ideas.

When donating to and shopping for items at Second Helping and The Shops at The Caring Place, you are also helping to fund programs and services that help our community.   Sales from both stores MORE than cover the operating costs at The Caring Place.  This means when our community makes financial contributions, 100% of financial donations directly impact neighbors in need.  So go ahead, shop and donate items at The Caring Place, then reuse and recycle!  The Earth thanks you!

The Shops at The Caring Place
2000 Railroad Avenue | Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm | Thursdays until 7pm

Second Helping
3700 Williams Drive | Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Use City of Georgetown Utilities?  
You can be a Good Neighbor!
Can you do this online?  YES!
Fill this information out right on the City of Georgetown website , you just need to have your account information handy.  It's simple to not only be a good neighbor, but also a compassionate one.

Filling the Needs
If you follow us on Social Media, you know we regularly posts requests on Facebook when we are trying to fill emerging needs.  There is a couple of things that are always needed.  Diapers are one of them, especially sizes 4,5, and 6.  If you find yourself on the baby aisle, please pick up a package for us.  You can even place them in our blue barrels that are found at the front of Walmart and HEB in Georgetown.
What do we need in April for the Food Pantry?
For information on holding a food drive click here .  And, for information on giving a monetary donation to the Food Pantry, click here .
The Caring Place Annual Report is Out:  

Our Annual Report is a wonderful resource to share information about what we do, the number of people we impact and where the money comes from.  You can find that report and other historical data on on our website.  We look forward to continuing to work with our community to create a place of caring and help to our neighbors in need.

Want to See a Simple Snapshot of The Caring Place Impact?

New Blog Entry:  

Why is our Annual Report such a big indicator of the help w e receive from our community?  Why does it get us asking some "what if" questions?  Find out what some of us are thinking when we muse those numbers on the latest blog entry.

Teacups as party favors?  Yes!  In fact, if you love throwing parties, you never know what you'll find in our stores that can help you with your event planning!  And, don't forget the benefit of finding new life in thrift shop items.  Spring parties are the perfect time to brag about how you are being Earth-friendly by using items once cast aside!
Where You Shop Matters...
We have two thrift shops open to the public:

The Shops at The Caring Place
2000 Railroad Ave.
Georgetown, TX  78626
Second Helping
3700 Williams Dr.
Georgetown, TX  78628
Occasionally, we find some treasures that sell better in an ebay store.  Shop there too and know your purchases still support The Caring Place!

Love shopping on Amazon?  Use Amazon Smile and, at no additional cost to you, donations are made to The Caring Place.  Just choose The Caring Place as your non-profit

Thank you for your continued support!
Board Meeting
Monday, April 23, 2018
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue

Membership Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue
(Refreshments available at 3:00 p.m.)

The Caring Place Mission

Honoring its faith-based roots, The Caring Place serves the community as a welcoming and purposeful organization, responding to the basic human needs of people in Georgetown and rural Williamson County.

Purchases in our thrift stores, 
Second Helping and The Shops at The Caring Place,  help The Caring Place realize its mission to assist families in financial crisis.

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