Have you run out of Halloween candy yet? Well, have you started to get out all your Christmas decorations and prepare for all the events that come with the month of December?

If you’re feeling bogged down by the chaos of this season, then you’re not alone! There’s a lot going on between the months of October and November, and the chaos hardly seems to have a chance to let up. You might be looking for a distraction from everyday life by now, or you might even just be looking for an escape from the day to day commercialism that this season is sure to bring with it. Whatever’s got you down, you can look to New Hamburg Thrift Centre and its parent organization, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to raise your spirits again.

See, no matter what time of year it is, MCC is focused on giving back. Here are two ways you can see that play out (and do it for yourself).

One: Mennonite Central Committee programs. MCC supports many local and global efforts to do some good in the world, where they support things like education, access to clean water and good food, healthcare, and many other things. If you’d like to read more about what MCC does and how you can get involved, check out their website, https://mcccanada.ca/.

Two: Repurposing, reusing, and recycling things at the MCC thrift shops. Donating stuff is an incredible way to give items you don’t want anymore a new life and a second chance to do something for someone else. All the things that New Hamburg Thrift Centre receives that can be used are used to fund programs at MCC. However, not everything that we receive can be used. What do we do about that, then? In order to make sure that as few things wind up in the dump as possible, New Hamburg Thrift Centre is committed to recycling and repurposing items as much as possible.

Our skilled volunteers are able to make new items from furniture that no longer functions, and unwanted fabric is turned into rags or rugs that can then be used in new ways. If there are items that can’t be used, such as old electronics or scrap metal, we have ways to recycle them that is far more environmentally friendly than tossing them in the garbage.

So, that’s what New Hamburg Thrift Centre does to focus on giving back to the community in this hectic season, but what can you do? Well, there are two more options for that.

One: Donate your old items for a good cause. Any proceeds will go to funding MCC programs, and your items will have a much better life than if they were simple thrown out. You can feel good about where the stuff that you don’t want ends up.

Two: Volunteer with New Hamburg Thrift Centre. If donating your items isn’t enough for you, then there’s something more you can do! Coming in to lend a hand at the store will help you to make a tangible difference and see results firsthand.

For more information about any of these items, come check out the New Hamburg Thrift Centre, find us on Facebook (New Hamburg Thrift Centre) and Instagram (@nhthriftcentre) or call us at (519) 662-2867.