By Sally Koenig
Chairperson of the Treasure Chest Publicity Committee
The store’s mission is threefold: to arrange for a place for residents’ no longer needed items, to provide an economical and fun place for staff and residents to shop at reasonable prices, and to support the BCF. The proceeds from the store help to support the Benevolent Care Fund (BCF). Since the Treasure Chest opening in 2000, it has given $663,441 to the BCF as of June 2016.
The store is stocked with donations from residents who find they have items they no longer need. If you would like to donate items to the Treasure Chest, watch for the collection carts in each community on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Also, families will donate as they close out an apartment.
Keeping the Treasure Chest running takes a large staff of volunteers (currently 62) to collect, assess, price and move the items onto the sales floor. The Treasure Chest has been managed by Rosie and Bill Shook and Betty Morgan for about ten years. The new Director, Pat Lue, and Manager, Charlotte Gilchrist are working to obtain enough volunteers to carry on. We are now seeking more volunteers to fill many positions so we can all make a reasonable commitment of time. Most immediately we need a treasurer.
The Treasure Chest is open to all on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 10 am to 2 pm and the Thursdays preceding from 3 pm to 5 pm. We now maintain a “wish” list for shopper requests. Look for the hanging clipboard and record your needs. Perhaps we can find that “perfect” gift for you. Also, each month there is 50 percent off items so watch for the specials.
The Treasure Chest store is a real gem here in the Riderwood Community. If you would like to volunteer, please call 301-572-8434 for further information.