BRISTOL - Savers Thrift Store of Bristol, located at 657 Farmington Ave., not only brings affordable styles to community members, but also gives back to the community with every donation of clothing, kitchenware, electronics and more.
The goods, which are collected through donations, help raise money to support local nonprofit groups.
Savers in Bristol, which opened in March 2011, supports the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut, an agency that provides adult mentors to children.
“Every donation that we get in - whether through the Big Brothers Big Sisters or everybody that drops off a donation - we pay Big Brothers Big Sisters for that donation and they use that money throughout the community,” store manager Rich Dabkowski said.
Savers also gives to the Red Cross and other groups. Clothes are donated to the Chippens Hill Middle School closet so kids who need seasonal clothes can get some there, as well as at churches and other community organizations.
Dabkowski has worked at the Savers for six years and said what makes the store special is its involvement in communities throughout the state.
“I love the family values here and being able to give back to the community,” Dabkowski said.
The store offers goods including clothing, winter weather gear, books, CD players, speakers, toasters, cutlery and more.
The Savers family of stores is a for-profit, global thrift retailer, according to the savers.com website. They purchase, resell and recycle items, which keeps more than 700 million pounds of used goods from landfills each year. The company also helps more than 120 nonprofit organizations by paying them for donated goods.