Help us reach our goal of $25,000 to re-open our Thrift Shoppe after devastating fire

#RestoreBissell Banner July 2014When we experienced a fire to our original Thrift Shoppe in September 2013, we were left scrambling to provide important services. When a second fire hit nine months later at our temporary location on June 21, 2014, we were left devastated.

#RestoreBissell fire relief fundraiser is a two-week online event where we need your help to raise $25,000 to re-open the doors to our original Thrift Shoppe for late October.

The online fundraiser starts Monday, July 28th and runs until Friday, August 8th. We encourage you to please donate at restorebissell.org and spread the word using hashtag #RestoreBissell.

The re-opening of the store is vital because it provides $60,000 in annual revenue after expenses to support various Bissell Centre programs and services. With an estimated 100,000 articles of clothing lost in the fire, it interrupted the flow of clothing to our inner-city Community Closet, which provides free clothes to low-income families and individuals. When the store closed due to the fire, 5,000-6,000 monthly customers were forced to look elsewhere for affordable clothing and household goods. 

For more information, please contact:

Devin Komarniski
Acting Manager of Marketing & Communications
780.423.2285, Ext 131
dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org 

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by | July 28, 2014 · 11:01 am

Rethink Homelessness

This video was recommended to us by one of our Twitter followers (thanks Deirdre!).It is a short video from Orlando and it asks you to rethink homelessness. It’s message is relevant here and everywhere. Please take a moment to view it – and share!

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Thrift Shoppe Fire Update – still in need of donations!

Thrift Shoppe fire clothing donations June 2014We have seen overwhelming support from people, organizations, and companies throughout the city who have donated clothing to help us rebuild after the devastating Thrift Shoppe fire. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the cause! Your help has provided much needed clothing to those who rely on Bissell Centre for assistance.

We are now accepting donations of clothing, linen, bedding, shoes, purses, back packs, small household items, knick-knacks, collectibles, and jewellery.

Bissell drop off locations can be found at:
Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe (Big Steel Box): 8818 – 118th ave 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday
Bissell Centre Southside Location: 5120 – 122 street 9am-4pm Monday – Saturday

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Bissell Centre may do so by visiting bissellcentre.org/donate/.

If you would like to coordinate a clothing drive in your community or at your work, please click here to download a poster that you can use.

For further information please contact:

Madhu Khera – Manager, Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe
780.471.6644

For Media Inquiries:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager Marketing & Communications
780.423.2285, Ext 131
dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

 

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by | July 14, 2014 · 9:00 am

Thrift Shoppe Fire – UPDATED Clothing Drop Off Locations and Times

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Thank you for all your support as we rebuild from the devastating Thrift Shoppe fire. Your support will help us to continue to provide clothing and care for people living in poverty.

NOTE: all drop-off locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st due to the Canada Day holiday and all locations are closed on Sundays.

Bissell drop off locations (Big Steel Box) can be found at:
Bissell Centre East Building: 10527 – 96 Street (South Side of Building) 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday
Bissell Centre Southside Location: 5120 – 122 street 9am-4pm Monday – Saturday

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Bissell Centre may do so by visiting bissellcentre.org/donate/.

If you would like to coordinate a clothing drive in your community or at your work, please click here to download a poster that you can use.

For further information please contact:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager Marketing & Communications
780.423.2285, Ext 131
dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

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by | June 27, 2014 · 11:46 am

Bissell Centre Ramps up Recovery Plan after Thrift Shoppe Fire

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Five days after a second devastating fire ripped through the Bissell Centre temporary Thrift Shoppe a recovery plan developed by Bissell Centre staff has been swiftly set in motion. Sea-Can storage containers were dropped off at Bissell Centre headquarters Monday and Bissell Thrift Shoppe staff are motivated and eager to accept donations.

Community agencies, businesses, organizations and radio stations have been quick to lend a hand, offering to accept and store donations until suitable storage was organized in anticipation of the permanent store reopening in September.

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Bissell Centre may do so by visiting bissellcentre.org/donate/.

If you would like to coordinate a clothing drive in your community or at your work, please click here to download a poster that you can use.

Bissell drop off locations (Big Steel Box) can be found at:
Bissell Centre East Building: 10527 – 96 Street (South Side of Building) 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday
Northlands (Rexall Place): 119 Ave & Wayne Gretzky Drive SB 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday

Community drop off locations:
95.7 CRUZ FM: 5241 Calgary Tr., Suite 700
Up 99.3 FM: 9894 – 42nd Ave

NOTE: All drop-off locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st due to the Canada Day holiday

For further information please contact:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager Marketing & Communications
780.423.2285, Ext 131
dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

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by | June 25, 2014 · 4:37 pm

Thrift Shoppe Fire UPDATE – Now Receiving Clothing Donations

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For the second time in nine months, the Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe has been leveled by fire destroying over 100,000 pieces of clothing and household goods destined for homeless and less fortunate Edmontonians.

Thirteen staff members employed at the temporary Thrift Shoppe have been offered professional crisis counselling to alleviate the stress of yet another fire.

“Today key staff gathered together to strategize and draft an emergency response plan to continue supporting our affected employees and the 5,000-6,000 clients affected by the fire,” said Bissell Centre CEO Mark Holmgren.

An interim storage, a Sea-Can unit has been situated south of the Bissell Centre East Building located at 10527-96 Street.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to accept donations daily 10:00am – 5:00pm beginning Tuesday, June 24th (with the exception of Sunday). We are in urgent need of clothing for all seasons, ages, and gender.

Financial donations to further support the Bissell Centre can be made direct by accessing the donations form at http://bissellcentre.org/donate/.

The Bissell Centre is fortunate to be supported by such a caring Edmonton Community and we wish to thank each and every person and organization for the countless thoughts, calls, emails and positive wishes during this difficult time.

For further information please contact:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager of Marketing & Communications
780.423.2285, Ext 131
dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

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by | June 23, 2014 · 5:10 pm