WOODBURY — Although the First Congregational Church has voted to suspend worship while considering a direction for its future, the church’s outreach to the community will continue through the Red Barn Thrift shop. Church leaders and thrift shop volunteers are grateful to patrons who participated in the Round Up for Charity program started July 2019, in which shop patrons are welcome to donate any change due from a purchase to the non-profit organization selected each month.
Proceeds from the first month were donated to a local family who fell victim to fire.
August donations went to Companion Pet Rescue in Southbury. The thrift shop routinely sup-ports CPR with blankets, pet supplies and equipment that are donated but not sold.
September’s collected funds were given to Advocates for Substance Abuse and Prevention, which is run by former First Church member Jeff McKenna.
October’s change supported Operation Paperback to send books to military personnel stationed at home and abroad.
November and December’s collection went to Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, an organization provides support to veterans with a specific emphasis on female veterans.
Funds collected for the months of January and February 2020 will be donated to Vets Beyond Borders which is providing support and care to the animals injured in the Australia brush fires.
Throughout the year, the Red Barn Thrift Shop provides material support to members of the community and has partnered with New Start Ministry in setting up two Syrian refugee families in the past three years.
The shop is available to town and school social workers to support families who have expressed a need for whatever reason.
“We are committed to giving back to our community and God’s world by supporting those in need and supporting organizations that serve all of God’s children in many and varied ways.”
More information on programs and special events is available by liking the Red Barn Thrift Shop on Facebook or visiting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.