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Lack of Volunteers Forces Charity to Close Doors

COVID-19 worries have kept many of those who typically volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores in Henderson unable to help out.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 5:18 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 5:25 PM

A major community resource is on the verge of being no more.

A set of thrift stores is facing a crisis point during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were forced to shut their doors Friday because of a shortage of volunteers, and they worry things may not turn around.

"Sadness and disappointment, on our part and for them as well. It's very sad," said Suzy Fink, who was trying to donate to St. Vincent de Paul Society in Henderson. "Today was our day, we had seven bags worth of things, so I'm terribly disappointed."

That’s the reaction several shared tonight when they swung by St. Vincent de Paul Society's thrift stores hoping to shop or drop off.

For 38 years, they’ve had their doors open, but Friday those doors are closed.

"With the pandemic going on, and COVID-19, our volunteers are of an older age. A little nervous about coming in, and just with the pandemic going on, they're trying to self-quarantine. So, we've run out of volunteers," explained volunteer and future deacon John Kight.

A charity meant to help--

"All the income from these stores help us provide medical help, assistance with utilities, assistance with anything that somebody needs. After all, our mission is to help those that are in need, and that's what we need. Those volunteers to come in," Kight continued.

--in need of a hand themselves.

"Anybody younger, anybody older," he added.

That's something with those in and around Henderson are hoping for.

"Obviously they need help, and they need people," Fink said.

If you're looking to give that help, click here.

While the St. Vincent de Paul Society did share they will be back open Monday, after that it's a little unclear.

They say, they'll have to take things day by day.

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