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Donated Items Put to Good Use at TurnStyles Thrift Stores

Gently used items are donated daily to TurnStyles Thrift Stores. Thanks to these donations, individuals and families on a limited budget have an affordable place to shop.  Best of all, by shopping, they are impacting the lives of others who are struggling to make ends meet.

TurnStyles is a volunteer-driven ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Each month, 379 volunteers generously give nearly 4,000 hours. They do everything from helping in the donation receiving area, to sorting/hanging items, to working the cash registers at the store’s two locations.

TurnStyles also offers a great volunteer activity for families looking for a project they can do together. Children, ages 10 and up, can join their parents on a Saturday sorting and hanging the clothing donations that come in throughout the week. “It’s really about families helping families,” says TurnStyles Director, Zoran Misic.

The volunteerism goes beyond the stores.  Some who’ve worked in retail and have a real knack for identifying treasures, pull some of the donated items and sell them on eBay or at one of TurnStyles’ booths at the Mission Road Antique Mall in Prairie Village or Sentimental Journey Antique Mall in Olathe.

TurnStyles’ proceeds support Catholic Charities’ programs and services offered throughout the 21 county service area. During last fiscal year, overall sales increased by 22 percent.  “Thanks to those purchases, we were able to help Catholic Charities provide food assistance to over 7,100 additional families,” adds Misic.

To sign up for individual and family volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer page.

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