Spring Cleaning? Think of Families-in-NeedCheckin’ in with the Open Door & Second Glance Thrift Shop

Submitted by Terry Weber Mangos

Did you stockpile canned goods last winter and now you’re concerned they may expire before you can eat them? Consider donating your surplus (but not-yet-expired) foods to the Open Door’s Food Pantry in Gloucester. And, what about the clutter piles that started multiplying in your house over the winter? Pack up your unwanted holiday gifts, toys, or clothes that you don’t wear or fit into anymore and donate them to the Second Glance thrift shop, which is also operated by the Open Door. 

Now’s the time to do your spring cleaning, and your donated items and efforts can benefit a family-in-need, many of whom relied on community services for the first time last year when the pandemic began. The shop accepts many items in good condition including clothes, kitchenwares, small appliances, furniture, art, and unique home decor pieces.  

While vaccination rates are rising and some Covid related restrictions are being lifted, no one knows how long it will be before the job market (and life!) returns to what we remember as normal. “All proceeds benefit the community by supporting the hunger relief programs of the Open Door,” said Susan Zwart, Director of Thrift Store Operations. “We are so grateful to the community for their donations. Keep the treasures coming!”

What You Need to Know Before You Go

For details on the Open Door’s Covid-19 protocols; their many programs and services; and how you can help; visit: https://www.foodpantry.org

You may drop off food donations at the Open Door’s Food Pantry, but be sure to check out their food drop-off schedule and guidelines first at: https://www.foodpantry.org/ways-to-give/donate/donate-food/

To drop off clothes, housewares and other non-food donations be sure to check the Open Door website first to verify which items are accepted. Donation appointments are available Tuesday to Saturday 10AM to 4 PM, and you must make an appointment. *Please make an appointment on the website only – no phone calls. 


Currently the thrift store shopping hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM. 

Given the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, please be sure to follow the Open Door Facebook page or visit their website for the latest programming and schedule changes.

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