Second Chance Shop Donates $102,000 to The Village

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According to co-president Ellen Peterson, for the second year running, Suffield’s Second Chance shop has donated more than $100,000 to its parent nonprofit, The Village for Families & Children in Hartford.

She said the shop has donated $740,000 to The Village over the last ten years.

Photo by Nick Sarnelli
Hector Glynn, President and CEO of The Village for Families and Children, accepts a symbolic $102,000 check from Suffield Second Chance Shop co-presidents Ellen Peterson (L) and Cindy McMurray.

“We’re so indebted to our 74 women who sort, clean, price and display used clothes and housewares and decorate the shop,” she said. “We have no paid staff, only dedicated volunteers who know and perform their jobs punctually and with enthusiasm. Most are in their 70s and 80s, some even in their 90s.”

Her remarks came at the shop’s annual end-of-fiscal-year Storrowton Tavern luncheon in West Springfield. She also emphasized the shop’s role in helping the environment. “In May alone, we found another home for 1,470 items, which may have ended up in landfills, helping with the sustainability of our planet,” she said.

The Suffield shop is one of four auxiliaries of The Village. The others are in Glastonbury, Simsbury and West Hartford. All contribute their revenues from selling used clothing and housewares to The Village. The Village offers a myriad services to families in Greater Hartford and Connecticut, ranging from finding and vetting foster parents to helping with childhood behavioral and substance abuse issues and providing financial counseling.

The Suffield Second Chance Shop is in the Mountain Road Dunkin’ Donuts Plaza and is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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