WASHINGTON – The Navy-Marine Corps Thrift Shop at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) seeks volunteers and donations to help fulfill its service to military members and their families.
The thrift shop is a service provided by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Its open to all branches of the military. Its purpose is to offset expenses for junior service members and their families, according to Culinary Specialist 1st Class Tanya Johnson, Thrift Shop chair.
“Whether it’s volunteering to stock shelves, working the cash register, or simply donating items you don’t need, the help is welcomed and appreciated,” Johnson said. “I’ve been involved with the organization since 2010. I’ve seen firsthand how beneficial it’s been to Navy members. It truly makes a difference.”
It wasn’t too long ago that a Navy family was displaced from their home following a fire. Because of the thrift shop, that family was able to obtain clothing for free and whatever other items they needed while staying in temporary lodging, according to Johnson.
Items at the thrift shop include used clothes, small appliances, cleaning products, household goods, linens, small toys for children and military uniforms for extremely low prices. A female service dress blue jacket usually retails for about $90. At the thrift shop, Johnson said that item can be purchased for just five dollars.
Due to a lack of volunteers, shop hours are limited. It’s currently open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s also open the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. With the aid of more volunteers, the thrift shop could open additional days or possibly add some more hours during the week, Johnson said.
Navy-Marine Corps Thrift Shop at JBAB is located in Enterprise Hall, Building 72, Room 149. Anyone interested in volunteering, or making a donation, please call the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at 202-433-3364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.