Have you visited the Albany Med Auxiliary Thrift Shop as a donor or a shopper? Located off the main hallway in the A building, it’s a room filled with clothing and shoes, hand bags and books, and an array of knick-knacks.
The shop, run by the Albany Med Auxiliary, is a place where employees, patients and visitors can bring in or buy items to benefit Albany Med.
“We get a lot of great stuff,” volunteer Jane Mosher said. “The variety surprises us.”
“The proceeds go to the Auxiliary and, in turn, the Medical Center,” explained Theresa Elefante, the shop’s co-chair along with Darlene Clark, and one of the 15 volunteers at the store.
The shop takes in roughly $33,000 a year, with about $2,000 in donated items going directly to patients. Kelly Morrone, manager of volunteer services, said dedicated annual expenditures include contributions for patience assistance, Project Learn, recreational therapy and even a hospitality cart.
And those growth charts given to families of newborns? Thank the thrift shop.
“They have also donated money to numerous one-time requests, from remodeled waiting areas and Christmas tree decorations to magazine subscriptions and reading glasses for patients,” Morrone said.
Auxiliary Thrift Shop
The shop opened in 1957 in the basement of the Medical Center and has moved several times before settling into its current location not far from the Pillars Entrance. It accepts clean items in good condition, with the exception of toys and stuffed animals.