Southeastern Vermont Community Action, SEVCA, a community action family service and thrift store, recently suffered a huge loss at their 23 Main Street location in Springfield, when a rain storm caused serious damage to a large amount of winter clothing, boots and infant clothing items that were being stocked to help folks in need this winter.
The store was in the process of having the roof repaired, when an overnight rain storm caused the damage before the repairs had been completed.
"We had just begun stocking clothes and boots for the winter season when the rain storm and damage occurred," Tonia White stated in a recent interview.
"It was a very unfortunate accident, which leaves us without much time to restock our shelves as the winter months approach."
This is where SEVCA needs our help. They are looking for donations from local residents and businesses to help replenish their supplies, so that they will be able to continue helping folks in need.
Winter coats, jackets, boots, clothes and infant clothing are especially needed, but almost all, donations are also accepted including such items as blankets, linens, towels, kitchenware, furniture, books and sporting goods.
For donations in large amounts, please call the Springfield SEVCA location at 885-7074 to set up a delivery arrangement.
SEVCA was created in 1965 as a part of the nationwide 'War on Poverty' and chartered as a Community Action Agency (CAA) - to serve Windham and Windsor Counties.
SEVCA also provides a family services staff to help families and individuals experiencing life-changing emergencies through crisis resolution programs that provide financial assistance, case management, service linkage, and advocacy.
SEVCA also has a local thrift store location at 45 Rockingham Street in Bellows Falls and in Brattleboro.
They are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.