Saturday, April 10, 2021


Letter to the Editor: Impact Thrift

There’s a nifty little business is town you may want to get acquainted with if you aren’t already.  It has a mission that is about helping people.  Let me count the ways.

The Colusa County Food Bank is located there.  Grants are written and commercial donations received so that people in need can pick up a box of food once a month on Wednesdays between 9am and 3pm by showing some form of ID, proof of Colusa County residence like a utility bill, and income statement.  The income parameters are generous as you may have a good income but have 7 people in your household or work seasonally so averaged over the year maybe you can use some help.

Volunteers are accepted and appreciated.  For example, there is a special needs program that encourages participation in helping the community by sorting donations, hanging clothing, organizing and general cleaning.  Court-required hours through Probation for Community Service can be satisfied at Impact.  Individuals also volunteer their time and talents to support the people and programs this business gets behind such as Young Life, Boy Scouts, and the annual Toy Drive.  Maybe you live alone and are retired, like to keep busy and want out of the house or have a altruistic side that needs attention; you can volunteer by stopping by to sign up and contribute on a drop-in basis or as a regular helper.  Some volunteers with no experience have been able to manage social anxiety through doing, graduate to the cash register and become confident enough to go after a paying job.  Along with a recommendation, Impact will even give a person the proper clothing outfit for that job interview!

Going to court?  Can’t come up with $100+ to impress the Judge with your appearance?  Don’t wear those sagging jeans and black t-shirt promoting weed or, for you ladies, that sexy Saturday night get-up.  Come in and put together a long sleeve dress shirt or blouse to cover up those tattoos!  Slacks and dress shoes round out a conservative ensemble to compliment your military posture and respectful attitude during the reading of your case.

Donations have been suspended temporarily due to getting overwhelmed but your clean, gently worn clothing and house wares have been put to good use and will be happily accepted again soon, possibly late January.  Your donations help a single mom send her kids to school in acceptable clothing.  Or a high school girl with a prom dress  Your business cash contribution to this Non-Profit stays within our county to assist our own.  In some cases, such as estate dispositions, the yellow truck can be arranged to pick up goods.  Tax receipts are happily issued.

Let’s say you are a rabid collector of turtle figurines.  This is a place you will not want to leave any stone unturned in your search.  Maybe you are looking for yarn for a crafting project or creating a scarecrow.  Leopard print men’s platform shoes are the perfect touch for that 70’s party costume.  Set your son up in his own place with quality mismatched dishes, drink ware, sheets and towels.  This time of year the Christmas decoration selection is wonderful for new and unused, previously loved and vintage goods.  The problem is with the inventory in a constant dynamic state, one must check in regularly to catch a great find.    

Located at 541 Fremont Street, the operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-3:30pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.  Come by and look around, shop, volunteer and meet the good people that make up the staff and board membership of an organization of, by and  for the people of our community.           

Janice Razo
Colusa, CA


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