Seventeen years ago in 1994, members of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cheraw spearheaded the opening of Cheraw’s first thrift shop. The family of former Dr. Ervin of Cheraw donated the use of a building at 152 Second St. in Cheraw, that had long been shuttered, for the use of the shop.
Recently the St. David’s Thrift Shop Board announced that the Thrift Shop will close for business on Oct. 31, 2011.
Since 1994, profits from the St. David’s Thrift Shop have supported many charitable organizations in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties. Grants from the ministry have averaged over $15,000 a year. The very first grant was given to the Lions Club Food Pantry in 1994. It was followed by a significant grant to Hospice of Chesterfield County.
Throughout the years the Pee Dee Coalition, New Hope Girls Ranch, Cheraw Parks and Recreation, DHEC Home Health, Pee Dee Baptist After School Program, Mercy Ministries, the Connie Maxwell home, the Boys and Girls Club, the Adult Interagency Treatment Team, CHESCO and many other community agencies have received assistance from the Thrift Shop.
The Remaining inventory of the Thrift Shop will be given to the Chesterfield Hospice. A reception to honor the work of all those that have volunteered at the Thrift Shop over the past 17 years will be held at the Thrift Shop at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2011.