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Jesse on Kent: So Long Summer

Jesse on Kent: So Long Summer 27 August 2014

By: Jesse Yantzi

August 27th/2014

           Welcome once again to another installment of Jesse on Kent. Sadly, this will be the last edition I will be writing for 2014. In a few weeks I will return to living in residence at the University of Waterloo where I’m pursuing a degree in psychology. There, my time will be spent socializing with my peers, drinking copious amounts of coffee

and of course, reading all of those riveting university textbooks as I expand my mind in an array of different subjects and disciplines.

My time spent at the thrift shop this summer has been a great experience and is one I would recommend to people of all ages, gender or skill types. Whether you want to learn new skills, develop your resume, help build a healthier community, make connections or just meet new people there are lots of excellent reasons to volunteer at the thrift shop that are beneficial to any individual as well as the community and the greater world through the MCC mission of relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.

As I reflect on my time in the store, some other perks that come to my mind include the chance to shop in a unique and interesting environment (not to mention the low prices), getting to experience a variety of different jobs and tasks that are both familiar and new, helping the environment through the reuse and recycling of goods, and flexible hours that make it easy to volunteer whenever it fits your schedule.

Even if you can only manage a few hours a week in the shop, your time is much appreciated and valued. As I move on to new and exciting challenges in my future I need to say thanks to numerous people who have supported and encouraged me over the course of the summer.

Thrift shop managers and fellow volunteers: Thank you to the talented volunteers who make the operations of MCC and the shop possible with your countless hours of hard work and dedication, your welcoming friendliness will not soon be forgotten. It’s been great to get to know you all. Also, thanks to the Thrift On Kent managers who made this experience possible. To you, I am extremely grateful.

Donors and shoppers: Thank you to all who have donated used goods to the store for your thoughtfulness and generosity. This may seem like a simple and meaningless gesture but these items are what produce the thousands of dollars that MCC uses to address poverty, oppression and injustice around the world. And thank you to anyone who has come through the shop to purchase goods. Whether you spent $1 or $100, every penny makes a difference and helps keep items out of the landfill. Keep shopping!

And finally, thank you to everyone else for supporting my work and that of MCC thrift shops. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and to all who came into the store and said hi, whether it was family, friends, peers from school or the always awesome Amanda Zehr, it is much appreciated.

Along with studying at the University of Waterloo this fall, I will also be using my previous broadcasting training by announcing at the games during the upcoming season for the Tavistock Braves, who are the local junior hockey team in my hometown.

So if you find yourself in Tavistock on a Friday night with nothing to do (and there isn’t much to do) please stop by the arena and say hi.

Thanks again to everyone and remember, it’s not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later.

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.

-          John D. Rockefeller

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