By Mariabruna Jennings
As of July 20 the Fort Detrick Thrift Shop is able to process credit card purchases. This additional payment method is expected to expedite and facilitate purchases.
It's "a sign of the times," says Betty Bennet, who operates the Thrift Shop. "People don't carry cash or checks on them anymore," which is why the Shop decided to take action toward providing their patrons with alternative payment methods.
Prior to electronic payment methods, many shoppers would arrive at the counter with a basket full of goods only to be sent off to get cash or a check while the Shop staff hoped for their return. As a result, business suffered.
The advent of credit card payment capabilities is expected to generate much revenue, "meaning we'll have more to put out to the community.
"From supporting Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers operations to donating turkeys to the Chapel during the Thanksgiving season and providing materials for the barrack Soldiers' drawstring bags, the Thrift Shop is an ubiquitous and essential presence in the Fort Detrick community.
The Thrift Shop provides support to "any place on Fort Detrick that has a need and can't get the money elsewhere," which included MWR's 'Food, Fun & Fashion' Aug. 3 fashion show, since the Thrift Shop may donate any product-provided that it is their property, not consigned.
In addition to their $100 donation awarded to the USAG Fort Detrick Soldier of the year, the Thrift Shop offers two $1000 scholarship opportunities to college-bound high school seniors: the Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick Scholarship and the Julie Parker Scholarship.Funds are also accrued by selling White House ornaments, now available for purchase at $20 a piece, and the Fort Detrick ornament, which will feature the Nallin Pond farm house with seasonal embellishments, as well as the bi-annual 'Big 50-cent Sale', starting Aug. 6, and lasting for three weeks.
The sale applies to all Spring/Summer Thrift Shop Property clothes.
The Thrift Shop is operational Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.
However, the Thrift Shop will be closed Aug. 5.If interested, new volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.The Thrift Shop is located at S-11 Porter Street. For more information contact the Shop at (301) 619-2289.