Upper Room Donates Funds

Monica Burnham (left) of the local refugee resettlement group New Start Ministry, accepted grocery gift cards and clothing for an Afghan family from Dorrie Johnson, manager of the Upper Room Thrift Shop in Southbury.

SOUTHBURY — The Upper Room Thrift Shop, located at the Church of the Epiphany, 262 Main St. North, recently donated $5,000 to Episcopal Relief and Development for Bahamas hurricane relief and $2,000 to the same group for Texas flood relief. The shop also donated grocery gift cards and clothing for an Afghan family currently being resettled in Waterbury by New Start Ministry in partnership with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven.

Through sales and donations, the Upper Room is able to provide items to and earn funds for those in need.

Open for shopping and donating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Upper Room carries clothing, housewares, toys, jewelry, books and other unexpected items.

“You never know what unique or interesting things you might find,” said Manager Dorrie Johnson. “Items are constantly changing so visit often.”

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