Middletown, NY – Since it opened 16 years ago, the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary thrift shop has provided assistance to members of the community. Now, the not-for-profit establishment is in need of new space to relocate.
When the new Orange Regional Medical Center opened and the Horton Campus in Middletown officially closed on August 5, 2011, the building that housed the thrift shop was vacated.
Thrift store manager Helene McGinnity hopes the Auxiliary is able to secure another location that is either rent-free or can be rented at a reduced rate. McGinnity has managed the Thrift Shop since 1995 when it first opened in a house located on Prospect Street in Middletown.
“We started with nothing but an empty house,” McGinnity recalls. “Orange Plaza was closing at the time so we were able to acquire all of the racks and fixtures we needed to outfit the store. The Orange Regional doctors and their wives generously donated our first inventory.”
Since then, the store has graciously accepted donations of clothing, house wares, linens, games, electronics, books and small pieces of furniture. The store has been a tremendous help to hospitalized patients that need clothing, new mothers that are unable to afford car seats and to community members that have been affected by tragedy. The store has been instrumental in helping people obtain basic items they need to help them start over or carry them through a difficult time. In addition, the shop donates approximately $10,000 in annual sales to the hospital to support the purchase of new equipment and programs.
The current thrift store is just about 2,400 square feet with an additional area used for storage. A location similar in size is desirable along with a covered drop-off area that allows community members to securely leave donations when the store is closed. A Middletown location is also preferable so the store can maintain their loyal customer base, which has continued to grow as a result of the recent economic times.
Individuals or businesses interested in donating free or discounted space to accommodate the thrift shop should contact Christine Maraia, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President at 845-333-2386.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.