Yongsan thrift shop needs helpers
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The community volunteer group that runs Yongsan’s Second-Hand Rose Thrift Shop — among other charity efforts — needs help.
The American Women’s Club Thrift Shop Association is seeking volunteers to help run operations, including customer service, processing donations and other activities.
Second-Hand Rose uses money raised for a variety of welfare services offered to both Americans and Koreans, officials said. A primary duty is offering assistance to servicemembers and family members who are new to Yongsan or relocating to another location.
“We need more help. We want more help,” said Amanda Hagy, chairwoman of the American Women’s Club, in a news release.
According to the release, the organization raised more than $100,000 for charities last year; so far this year, they have donated about $50,000 to various funds.
“The money used to donate to charitable organizations is money generated from the thrift shop’s sales of both consigned and donated items,” Hagy said. “We donate to many charitable groups like the Pusan Orphanage, Home of Love and the Family Care Center” on Yongsan.
The group also donates some of the items given to the thrift shop, including towels, sheets and pet food, to the base veterinary clinic.
Many of those who benefit from the thrift shop are simply in transition. Servicemembers, families and civilians who are waiting for their household goods to arrive frequently purchase items that suffice until their shipments arrive, officials said.
The thrift shop is open from 10 a.m.until 3 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.