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Yavapai Humane Society: Thrill of thrifting supports love of animals

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The Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Store, located at 1046 Miller Valley Road in the Willow Creek Plaza, is managed by a dedicated crew of volunteers committed to helping the needy animals of the Yavapai Humane Society. The Thrift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Merchandise can be donated from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days.

Courtesy photo<br> The Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Store, located at 1046 Miller Valley Road in the Willow Creek Plaza, is managed by a dedicated crew of volunteers committed to helping the needy animals of the Yavapai Humane Society. The Thrift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Merchandise can be donated from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days.

If you've ever been involved in the thrifting scene, you know that it abounds with stories. That's because every item in a thrift store has a story to tell. When you pick up a secondhand vase to check the rim for chips, its past life can almost pass through your fingertips and you'll hear "Once upon a time..." someone gave this vase with an I-love-you note and a dozen roses to his sweetheart. In a thrift store the mystery (my-story) of any item can spark the imagination.

What does the romance of thrifting have to do with the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS)? One of the most endearing love stories relating to thrifting you will ever hear about involves a small group of dedicated YHS volunteers. Let me explain.

These are difficult times for nonprofits. The faltering economy has resulted in a significant increase in the number of animals surrendered to YHS over the past two years. Sadly, donations have not kept pace with this increase. Rather than compromise our life-saving services, YHS developed an innovative program to help support its mission to protect the health, safety and welfare of lost, homeless, sick, abused and neglected animals during these difficult times.

That program is the YHS Thrift Store - located at 1046 Miller Valley Road in the Willow Creek Plaza (also known as the Safeway Shopping Center next to the old K-Mart). The Thrift Store opened in November 2009 and has been managed and operated by volunteers from the beginning. Today it plays a significant role in the Humane Society's financial stability.

The mission of the Thrift Store is to help the animals in YHS' care. Each day volunteers take in gently-used household items, clothing, electronics, and furniture. These items are lovingly refurbished and then sold below market value - and the proceeds help fund many YHS life-saving programs.

The YHS Thrift Store is "the" destination for deal seekers and thrifters of all stripes. If you haven't been to the YHS Thrift Store you owe it to yourself to visit. The store is open for business from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Merchandise can be donated from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on these same days. Your donations and patronage are greatly appreciated.

If you are drawn to the romance of thrifting and want to help homeless animals at the same time, consider joining this warm family of volunteers. We are looking for people to run the cash register, sort inventory, research prices, help launder clothing, repair furniture and electronics, maintain the cleanliness of the store, and pick up donations from the public.

Whatever your involvement - donor, customer or volunteer - you play an important role in enabling YHS to continue its good work in this challenging economy.

In addition to more volunteers, the Thrift Store also needs a new or used enclosed truck or step-van. If you are able to donate a vehicle, or can help YHS purchase one, you will make it possible for the Thrift Store volunteers to pick up larger donation items which will not only enhance their ability to better serve donors and customers - it will indirectly allow YHS to help even more animals in need.

Please contact the YHS Thrift Shop at 445-5668 if you have any questions about donating items.

If you want to volunteer, visit the YHS website at www.yavapaihumane.org and click on the Help tab and select Volunteer. You can apply online or you can visit the shelter at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott. Ask for an application and speak with our community outreach coordinator, Erin Vredeveld.

If you have suggestions on how we can improve the YHS Thrift Store please feel free to contact me at eboks@yavapaihumane.org or 445-2666, ext. 21.

The YHS Thrift Store is one way the caring generosity of volunteers, donors and customers make a significant contribution to helping animals in our community.

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