Be sure to checkout our furniture showrooms, Christmas Land (where the spirit of Christmas lives on year 'round) and countless discounts and bargains.
3. The store’s board voted at its September meeting to increase the store’s monthly donation to the AIDS Fund by $2,500 a month for a new total of $17,500 going forward. This is our largest ever increase and is a testament to how successful the store’s move to our new home two years ago has been. We will be giving$210,000 to the AIDS Fund in the next twelve months at our new monthly rate. We also do special-case donations during the year to specific projects that the board votes to fund (as in the last twelve months we did three special grants–$10,000 to the Mazzoni Centers Holiday overcoat drive, $10,000 to renovate the kitchen that makes the meals for the Feast incarnate Homeless Program in West Philly, and $20,000 to fund the renovation and expansion of HIV testing space at Wash West’s facility at 12th and Locust.) We used to celebrate every$50,000 and $100,000 fundraising milestone, but they come so fast now that we only do it for the really big ones. Look for our $750,000 celebration in February
(or January if a special grant gets us there faster).”
And I’m not going to even mention the facelift the store will be getting in the next several weeks. We’ll give our beauty makeover its own press release when it’s ready for unveiling.”
Store Volunteer co-ordiantor, Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, fills in some block party details, “We have the perfect location for a front-of-the-store block party, so weh ope this is the first of many. Our store is right where S.5th St and Passyunk Ave merge meld and separate again, so we can close down the 5th street portion and there’s still the Passyunk side available for traffic to continue north on. Of course the traffic will probably be at standstill with everybody rubbernecking our street party. We’ll have music all day and dancing is definitely encouraged, food trucks will be serving up lunch dinner and dessert, we’ve invited a bunch of vendors we know to sell there wares outdoors for a day, and we’ll have various carnival amusements and entertainers alternately delighting and disturbing the crowd. And oh yeah, we just booked a Justin Bieber bouncy house. Bounce inside the Beeb, just be sure to visit the food trucks AFTER your session with Justin. God, I just hope we have nice weather!”
Philly AIDS Thrift’s Block Party Birthday happens Saturday, September 28th from noon to 7pm, in front of the store on the 700 block of S 5th Street.