The Bargain Box
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven - Ecclesiastes 3:1
Since we closed on March 13, the Bargain Box Committee members have had concerns about when and how we would be able to reopen for business. At that time we did suspect that two weeks, then even the May 16 proposal, were extremely optimistic. Recently, we have become more concerned about the feasibility of reopening at all, especially since the Coronavirus remains so prevalent and an effective vaccine is not imminent.
It became daunting to think about how any new procedures, store hours, and sales floor designs would be able to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, shoppers, consignors and those dropping off donations. Operating the store as we once did would not be possible. The physical restrictions of our small back rooms and our crowded sales floor create their own dilemmas for social distancing. The necessary and constant sanitizing would be a job in itself.
Due to all of these factors, we regret to announce that the ministry of the Bargain Box must end. We are saddened and disappointed to come to an end of an era, but we also understand the reality that this is a cruel consequence of the pandemic.
Since opening in 1957, our mission has been to donate our profits to local charities that feed, clothe and house residents in need. We were blessed to be able to support the work of many invaluable ministries within Christ Church and our community for nearly sixty three (63!) years.
As a customer and/or as a donor of gently used treasures, many of you have been an integral part of the success of our mission and we thank you for that.
Where Did Our Money Go?
2019 BARGAIN BOX DONATIONS TOTALLED $11,150.00
CHRIST CHURCH OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
- Rector’s Discretionary Fund (CEC families in need)
- Assistant Rector’s Discretionary Fund (CEC families in need)
- English Conversation (ESOL) Classes
- Outreach Committee Rise Against Hunger Event
LOCAL FOOD BANKS & SHELTERS
- Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (Chompers Pet Food Bank)
- Frederick Rescue Mission
- Interfaith Works
- Manna Food Center
- Rainbow Place Women’s Shelter
- Rockville HELP
- City of Rockville Holiday Fund Drive
LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES for Children & Families
- Birthright of Montgomery County
- Community Ministries of Rockville
- Elderly Ministries Program
- Kaseman Health Clinic
- REAP (Rockville Emergency Assistance Program)
- Interfaith Works
- Stepping Stones Family Shelter
- A Wider Circle
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF WASHINGTON
- Episcopal Diocese of Washington Hunger Fund
- Episcopal Relief & Development