LUDLOW, Vt.-The Black River Good Neighbor Services, BRGNS, thrift store and food shelf has installed new electronic surveillance equipment that the executive board and staff wish was not necessary.
“We’ve had some shoplifting in the last few months,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director.
“Also, people continue to leave items in the parking lot after store hours when employees are gone, even though our signs say not to. For example, a chair that was left after hours and it snowed, which ruined it. We have to pay by the pound to get rid of it; the wetness raised the cost even higher.”
BRGNS is a charity that sells donated goods to support their food shelf and financial assistance service. Their mission is to help those who cannot afford food, clothing or shelter. If someone cannot afford the already low prices for clothing, they are happy to give them what they need. They just have to ask. Shoplifting from is a crime; they don’t condone it and will prosecute.
While most people have good intentions in donating to BRGNS, they don’t always think about the consequences of their actions. Giving them goods they cannot sell doesn’t help them or the community. Dumping unsalable furniture on them is a cost– not a benefit. Such actions cause them to be a trash disposal intermediary and diminish their mission of caring for those in need. From now on, they will be monitoring the video to deter negative actions.
BRGNS deeply appreciate all of you who donate salable goods and furniture. You make their services viable. If you have any question about the usefulness of donated items or furniture, please just ask. And for furniture, you need either to deliver it to the furniture store during store hours on Friday or Saturday or call to about a pickup.
The food shelf and thrift store is located at 37B Main Street in Ludlow and can be reached at 802-228-3663.