Hickam Thrift Shop assists military families, seeks volunteers

04/18/14

By David D. Underwood Jr., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

The Hickam Thrift Shop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam offers bargains for the thrifty shopper and a home for your unwanted items. Military families making a PCS move to the island and looking for something inexpensive for the home, or those leaving the island and looking for a home to their unwanted items, can stop by the thrift shop to purchase or donate.

The thrift shop is sponsored by the Hickam Officer’s Spouses Club and is run totally on donations. The proceeds go back into the military and local community, supporting charities and programs such asmilitary family member scholarships, the American Red Cross, Tripler Fisher House, Boy and Girl Scouts, Hawaii Food Bank and Special Olympics, to name a few.

Last year they gave back more than $87,000 and hope to give more than $100,000 this year said Becky Adams, the thrift shop manager.

Their mission is dedicated to saving the environment, repurposing old items, giving value for the dollar and helping people find that special treasure.

They accept furniture, toys, clothing, books, electronics, eating utensils, sporting goods, etc. They don’t take food or perishable items or child car seats because of safety reasons.

Donations can be dropped off during hours of operation or any time at the donation sheds that are monitored 24 hours by security cameras.

Volunteers are welcome and needed and can work in an area they feel comfortable. Anyone 16 years old or older can work. They will find a place for anyone who wants to volunteer. Anyone with base access is authorized to shop. The only restriction is military personnel are the only ones who can write a check, but all others may use cash. They will also soon be accepting credit cards.

Katy Launert, military spouse, said she comes to the thrift shop often. “Pretty lucky to have this one,” she said.

“Prices are good, quality is good. It’s good when trying to dress kids for cheap.” “I love it and come at least twice a week,” said Mark Koopmans, military spouse. “We can always find a bargain, a toy. We donate, too, try and give back,” he said.

Laura Canup, military spouse, just started working as the cashier. “I love it. I was a little nervous, but everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I plan on sticking around,” she said.

The thrift shop is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well as the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are closed on all federal and state holidays. During inclement weather watches and warnings, call ahead.

For more information on volunteering, contact Adams at 449-6603, go to the Facebook page, the website http://hickamosc.com, email hickamthriftshop@aol.com, or just walk in.

“Come anytime you want,” Adams said. “It’s a great way to meet people when you first get here.”

 

 

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