Snag Great Items at Tail's End Thrift Store

Post from Newsletter of Humane Society of Elmore County News – 30 Apr ‘18

Do you know about our Tail’s End Thrift Store co-located with our Shelter at 255 Central Plank Road, Wetumpka, AL? As a non-profit organization fund-raising is at the top of our priorities so that we can continue our mission to help so many Elmore County animals in need. Our 100% Volunteer run Thrift Store is a vital asset and our single largest fund-raising activity. The store is open for shopping Thu, Fri & Sat’s from 9-3 and you might be amazed at what you can find there.

Our store carries donated clothing, furniture, collectibles, art, books, jewelry, appliances, electronics, and so much more. We are incredibly grateful to all who donate items since that is where this all starts and all donations are tax-deductible. Our Volunteers are there to receive donations Thu, Fri & Sat’s from 9 – 2:30 and we have personnel who can unload/load heavy items if necessary. Donations need to be brought to us during the above noted days/times as items left outside are subject to theft and the weather. Leaving items outside of our posted receiving hours can constitute unlawful dumping and sadly we come in too often to piles of ‘donations’ that are NOT saleable and have to be discarded at much effort and cost (garbage service is not free) to the store/shelter. Please note that we CANNOT USE/ACCEPT stained/dirty/dry-rotted clothing, broken appliances/tools/electronics/furniture, the old style heavy televisions, old style large/heavy computer monitors, stained mattresses & obviously soiled or damaged furniture.

Of course, our Thrift Store wouldn’t even be open if not for our incredible group of dedicated Volunteers who are there to receive/sort/price/place & sell donated items which is a LOT more work than many may realize. We are indeed blessed with Volunteers who are willing to work so hard so that all of the ‘profit’ goes to our shelter to help us be there for so many pets in need. These Volunteers are running a first-class Thrift Store operation and if you have not been there to shop, you are truly missing out as there is something for everyone.

These incredible Volunteers need MORE Volunteers however, as spring yard sales and house cleaning brings in more donations which means more sorting/cleaning/pricing/placing. Volunteering in our Thrift Store IS helping animals and you can always come over for a break to visit our pets. Besides volunteering during the store’s normal hours of operation there are opportunities on Mon, Tue or Wed with sorting, pricing and placing items so all the new items are ready for sale by Thursday. Please just stop by between 9 am – 3 pm on a Thu, Fri or Sat to check it out and talk to the folks about volunteering. While you are there, please also thank our Volunteers for their endless hard work operating our Thrift Store as all proceeds go to our shelter to ensure we can be there for all the pets that come to us needing our help.

To our shoppers/donors/supporters – you will find super deals and high-quality items at our Thrift Store. Our Volunteers take great effort in cleaning items, making sure clothes are all in good condition & checking that electronics/appliances actually work. Shoppers can feel confident in getting nice items when you come shop with us while also supporting what we think is a great cause! And many thanks to all who do shop at our Tail’s End Thrift Store - we greatly appreciate your support! We hope you SHOP & ADOPT!

Annual Fundraiser Nets $22,000 for Animals in Need

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Newsletter from Rea Cord, Director of the Humane Society of Elmore County

Wow, what fun we all had on Saturday at our 7th annual ‘Getting Down with the Dawgs’ Drawdown which brought in about $22,000 for the shelter!   Isn’t that fantastic!

     The Wind Creek Wetumpka Entertainment Center continues to be a fantastic venue for our event and Chef Gary & his crew outdid themselves with tables laden with yummy food - we are certain no one left hungry.  Everyone at Wind Creek showcased southern hospitality and we greatly appreciate their support to not only this event but our Humane Shelter. 

     With an “Under the Sea” theme, Chris Sisson & Rita Caswell made sure every table decoration was unique and oh so cool!  Thanks as well to Bart Mercer at Jenilyn’s Creations for helping Chris with all of the beautiful plants that really added a finishing touch.  Many thanks to Charla Stephenson and Dawn Sullivan for getting everyone off to a great start at check in and again at the end when paying out to very happy winners!

     Kyle-Co Entertainment provided the perfect music, video and lighting equipment and we greatly appreciate that they were able to join in our event to the benefit of our audience. 

     Of course, everyone wants to win the BIG money but many of our supporters at least left with some great door prizes as a consolation.  Please thank the following people who so generously donated gift cards, gift baskets and more for our door prizes:  Jennifer Tritz, Meg Jones, Sandy Faulk, Jimmy Monk, Charlie Pope, Sue Callaham, Corrine Dreyfus, Jimmy & Kim Baker, Mike & Ellen Reece and Bob & Genie Kline.  Kudos as well toJennifer Tritz and Charline Pope for rounding up our prizes and getting them out to the winners. 

     The brains behind our Drawdown and the two who make sure we ‘get it right’ are Jimmy & Kim Baker!  We are tremendously grateful that they not only started this event for us seven years ago, but have stuck with us to ensure everyone has an evening of fun.  Thank you so much for coming to ‘work’ on a Saturday night to run our event! 

     Our packed crowd stuck with us to the very end when the final ten tickets holders all agreed to split the $10,000 amongst themselves.  The final winning ticket numbers were: 1, 11, 139, 146, 164, 201, 253, 255, 256 & 290. Congratulations to our winners and we truly hope that everyone who attended had a wonderful evening!

     Our VOLUNTEER Board members work year round planning for and then putting on our Drawdown (and other events) so please thank them for their dedication to our shelter’s mission and future.  They exemplify teamwork and we are blessed to have them working on the shelter’s behalf.

     Our final thanks go to all who bought tickets and came out to enjoy an evening together. It is so much fun to get so many of our supporters under one roof having a good time and meeting each other.  Our board, staff and the homeless & unwanted animals we care for thank you ALL so very much!