Boston's Oldest Thrift Shop Makes Largest Charitable Donation in its 87-Year History

Roslindale Shop Raises $125K for The Home

Staff at The Home for Little Wanderers received an unexpected surprise from Boston's oldest thrift shop this week. On Monday, April 29, 2013, The Thrift Shop of Boston presented the child and family service agency with a check for $125,000 — $50,000 more than last year. The donation is the largest charitable gift that has been made by the shop in its 87-year history.

"We're thrilled to be able to help The Home for Little Wanderers and the children in their care," said Anne Robertson, acting volunteer President of The Thrift Shop of Boston and a longtime volunteer. "This has been a remarkable year thanks to the support of our dedicated customers and donors in addition to the Roslindale Community. They are truly the ones who keep us going and allow us to make a positive impact in the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable children and families every day."

According to Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers, "This donation comes at a very important time for The Home," she said. "Through the generous support of partners like The Thrift Shop, we are able to invest in the future of our youth and expand our network of services which will allow them to thrive and succeed."

As a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the children and families served by The Home for Little Wanderers, The Thrift Shop of Boston has provided generous financial support by raising more than $750,000 since the collaboration began for the nation’s oldest child and family service agency. Proceeds from sales at The Thrift Shop have helped The Home to provide annual services to more than 7,000 children and families living in at-risk circumstances throughout Boston and Eastern Massachusetts.

Today, The Thrift Shop is operated by two dedicated full-time staff members, three part-time staff, and a wonderful group of volunteers, some of whom have been working there for many years. Located in the heart of Roslindale Square, The Thrift Shop is conveniently located between Belgrade Avenue and Washington Street and is accessible by Commuter Rail and many bus routes. Street parking is also available. The Thrift Shop offers a variety of antique goods including furniture, artwork, books, bric-a-brac, jewelry and designer clothing (Coach, Ann Taylor, Lily Pulitzer) for bargain-hunters and retro-chic style-seekers. See more information and store hours here or call 617-325-5300.


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