Arc Thrift Stores, one of the state’s largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been given Essential Business status by the state of Colorado. While the retail stores themselves aren’t open for shopping, the designation means that the organization will remain open and that donations of crucial items like food, cotton and soft goods that will help people in need during this challenging time will continue to be taken at its 31 store locations and 15 donation stations.
To find a store or donation station near you click here. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Items needed include food, books, PPE items, 100% cotton materials, scrubs, gowns, masks, cleaning supplies, sanitizers, hygiene products, personal care products, bedding, clothes, sewing machines, and household items.
The Arc Thrift stores’ Feed Colorado food drive supporting Volunteers of America will also continue to accept donations of nonperishable food items such as canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, and items with high-protein (e.g. tuna and beans), as well as dried goods such as cereal, rice, and pasta.
They ask the community to consider picking up extra essentials during their weekly grocery shopping to donate to Arc Thrift Stores critical programs to feed those in need.
Arc team members — who will be taking all health and safety precautions — will pick up donations from customers’ cars, and quarantine items for 72 hours or more.
They are currently providing cotton and sewing machines to the City and Country of Denver to support their efforts to sew personal protection masks. They are providing supplies to families currently being housed in Volunteers of America’s Family Motel. Donated cans of food and nonperishable items are still being delivered to City Harvest and community food pantries.