Emo Thrift Shop contributes about $50,000 to the community

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As we all know Emo is a small community, and in that community the Emo Thrift Shop excels in good works. The Emo Thrift Shop makes its home in the former St. George’s Anglican Church on the main Highway going through Emo’s township. There is a small Food Bank in the basement and a Thrift Shop in the upper level. The parish was dissolved in 2014 and the property and building was donated to a small group of parishioners who have turned it into a community non-profit charitable corporation. The shop is very well received with a number of very good volunteers from the surrounding communities. Many organizations and individuals have supported the Food Bank and continually donate items for the Thrift Shop. The revenue from the Thrift Shop sales supports the Food Bank and also gives the team the opportunity to give back to the communities in our district and across Canada. The Thrift Shop is always looking to support or donate to other organizations to make a difference. Over the last years the Thrift Shop has been able to donate thousands of dollars locally and out of province. Each year the team looks at how they can support other groups or how they can help in any way. The Thrift Shop team and volunteers are very proud of their organization and are happy to help out in small and large ways.

When the Emo Anglican Church opened their door of a small building next door to the church, little did they know the impact it would have on the community. Originally the building was purchased to operate as a place for victims of domestic abuse and people in crisis. In 1996, when the building had been sitting idle, the decision was made to operate as a small thrift shop. It was felt there was a need in the community for gently used household items and clothing. The building was in the right location on Hwy. 11/71 and would be easily seen, as it’s accessible for those dropping off donations. The thrift shop was and continues to be run fully by volunteers. As word spread of the thrift shop, it became apparent the small building and shed were not large enough to house the thrift shop.

In 2014, the Emo Anglican Church closed and the building was purchased from the Diocese by the newly incorporated Emo Food Bank and Thrift Shop for a nominal cost. Up until this time the Food Bank had been operating out of a small cupboard in the corner of the basement of the church. The main purpose of the Thrift Shop was to operate by selling donated articles, gently used clothing, household items and similar items and the proceeds used to operate the food bank.

The area churches have supported the Food Bank by collecting food articles as well as making monetary donations.

The Thrift Shop moved upstairs in the former church building as they had outgrown the smaller building next door. The proceeds from the Thrift Shop go into a general operating fund that pays for the operating cost such as hydro, phone, insurance and maintenance of the building and grounds. The Food Bank is able to continue to operate through donations of items and financial support of the community. All donations received, whether monetary or food items, remain in the Emo Food Bank funds continue to keep it operational.

As the popularity of the Thrift Shop grew, so did their profits. Through the donations of items, the revenue from the Thrift Shop, the community has been the recipient of those profits. A motion to donate 80 % of the profits was adopted at the committees Annual Membership meeting. As the results of increasing profits, a High School Bursary has been developed for students with community volunteer hours.

The Bursary is awarded to two students residing in the central part of Rainy River District- from Chapple to LaVallee Township, north of Nestor Falls, including three First Nation Communities. The Covid pandemic has slowed the Thrift Store down but the volunteers have continued to work to keep it operational when they can, and could under these conditions.

The Emo Food Bank and Thrift Shop runs entirely by dedicated volunteers. These volunteers work extremely hard to keep everything operating smoothly and the district benefit from their hard work. The directors of the Emo Food Bank and Thrift Shop thank the for their continued support.

The recipients from 2014 to 2021 are:

  • $1,000 “ Families For Families “- St. Mary’s Parish Fort Frances
  • $5,000-Emo Hospital Auxiliary annual project
  • $1,000- Canadian Red Cross-fire and floods across Canada ( 2016 & 2017)
  • $5,000 Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council
  • $5,000-Westend Food Bank- Rainy River
  • $$5,000 Rainy River Women’s Shelter of Hope- Fort Frances
  • $50-Sick Kids Shriner’s Hospital Foundation in memory of Jim Major
  • $500-Canadian Red Cross-floods ( 2018)
  • $5600-Thunder Bay Regional Science Foundation ( Dialysis Chair Fort Frances Unit )
  • $500-Emo Knox United -Community Christmas Dinner ( 2018)
  • $5,000-Rainy River Agricultural Society Building Fund ( fairgrounds)
  • $500-Community Food Sharing Association St. John’s Newfoundland ( rebuild after fire)
  • $5,859-Riverside Foundation ( Chemo Chair ( Fort Frances)
  • $500( $250×2)Fort Frances High School Bursary) ( 2019) community volunteering)
  • $5,000-Thunder Bay Regional Health Science “ Our Hearts at Home “ Cardiovascular
  • $1,000-Fort Frances Family Centre warming centre
  • $500-Fort Frances High School Bursary( 2020) ( 1x$500) community volunteering
  • $250-Emo Knox United Church- Community Christmas Dinner ( 2020)
  • $1,000 ( 2x$500) Fort Frances High School Bursary community volunteering
  • $500-Emo Knox United Church- Community Christmas Dinner ( 2021)
  • $48,759 TOTAL from items donated by the community and sold in EMO THRIFT SHOP!