L-R: Connor Dixon, John Gagne, Breanna Luther, KYC Program Coordinator Bridget Manahan, Debbie Presutti, Piero Presutti, Riley Robertson.

The Oxford Thrift Shoppe made their first donation of the year to the Kemptville Youth Centre (KYC) last Friday evening. The Shoppe, which was closed from March to December, 2017 for renovations, is now back in business. The renovations were needed to comply with the zoning regulations for a commercial/residential property. All but a few of the major projects in the renovation were completed by the owners, Piero and Debbie Presutti. “That’s why it took us so long to finish,” they said. “We did it all by the book, which means we had to read the book and then do the work!”

From the beginning, their charter has been to donate 20 per cent of gross sales every quarter to KYC. However, they decided to start 2018 off with a bang and donate a $350 cheque to the Centre, which represents roughly half of their gross sales since Christmas. “To have a youth centre in a community like this is amazing,” Piero said on Friday at the cheque presentation. “It’s nice to be back in business.”

KYC Director, Pat Henderson, says they are very grateful for the support of the Oxford Thrift Shoppe. “Being able to pair up with a community business is great,” he says. “It’s nice for the kids to see the community backing them.”

The Oxford Thrift Shoppe is open Thursday through Sunday and sells a wide variety of clothing, accessories, collectible glass, china, ceramics and more. Donations are always needed and can be dropped off at the store at 2057 Highway 43, or in the donation bin at the back of KYC.


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