Students Help Convert Thrift Shop

Student volunteers from the Boston College Neighborhood Center recently helped transform the cellar of a Brighton church thrift shop into a bargain basement where those on tight budgets can buy second-hand clothing for a dollar a bag.

"It was a great way for BC to give back to the community, and we loved doing it," said Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission Kristen Alexander, staff advisor to the Student Admission Program, which provided the volunteers for the thrift-store facelift.

The Student Admission Program is a student-run organization that provides volunteers who act as campus tour guides and greeters for the Undergraduate Admission Office.

Thirty-five SAP volunteers spent a recent Saturday helping remodel the storefront Community Thrift Shop that the United Methodist Church runs on Washington Street in Brighton's Oak Square.

Neighborhood Center Director Maria DiChiappari said the store fills an important role in the neighborhood by providing a source of low-cost clothing to needy residents. With little cash on hand, the owners of the store did not have the means to dress it up, she said, so the student volunteers offered to help.

Besides converting the cellar into a bargain basement, students began painting a mural on the storefront and posted fliers advertising the thrift shop around the neighborhood.

The shop also has been a popular place with BC students, who rent vintage clothing for the annual Senior Week Gatsby Ball from shop manager Janet Cort.

"The thrift store is very important to the community," said Alexander. "We were excited to help out."

-Mark Sullivan

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