BREAD of Life Centre run a shop in town called Sheets 'n' Things
selling good quality pre-loved linen. It is situated within the Warehouse Parking lot behind Crossroads (John's Kitchen).
The shop is manned by volunteers under the guidance of a co-ordinator. All proceeds raised from donated linen are put towards assisting those in need in the community. For every $1,000.00 attained in sales, $100.00 is then donated to another charity or worthy cause, as tithing is undertaken as per our Christian beliefs.
Last year, due to steady sales we have been able to give to Heart Kids Big Day Out, The Word for Today (Radio Rhema), Angels for Children Charitable Trust, Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind (Guide Dogs), Autism NZ Marlborough Special Needs Childrens Party, Drug Arm Marlborough, National Maori Women's Conference (held in Marlborough), Hope House ($400.00 donated to buy wool for baby knitting), and we also assisted in giving to a person who suffers from a terminal illness.
Donated goods are all checked, cleaned and priced by volunteers before being put into the shop. Good quality second hand linen which includes blankets, quilts, sheets, towels, duvets, duvet inners, pillows, and drapes are purchased by a variety of customers, including backpackers, seasonal workers, people on very tight budgets, and often our linen is bought in bulk and is sent to the islands (Fiji & Samoa).
Our stock comes from local people who donate linen and we are blessed to receive the overflow from the Salvation Army. This year our very committed volunteers have distributed flyers to homes, advertising all Sheets 'n' Things offer and also asking for any excess unused linen. This pamphlet system appears to work very well and we always have a good response with linen being bought into the centre after a pamphlet drop. We also have a regular weekly advertisement in the local Blenheim SUN paper.
It is amazing how much linen comes into Sheets 'n' Things on an on-going regular basis.
Sheets 'n' Things volunteers are very important and without them we could not function as we do. Many of them have been committed to Sheets 'n' Things over several years. The shop is not just about meeting the need financially. Special friendships are formed at Sheets 'n' Things. We have new volunteers coming on board and many of them work alongside our established volunteers who offer them support, encouragement, and often pray for their needs and take them under their wing.They do a fantastic job and provide a place where our new volunteers can grow and they are encouraged to go forward into new ventures, some leaving to go into paid employment.
The shop is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am and 3pm and Saturday 9.00 to 12.00. The shop is located within the car park of The Warehouse, Blenheim, just behind Crossroads (John's Kitchen)
Phyl Bradshaw, Margaret Doherty, Pam Grueber, Margaret Hay, Silia Leremia, Joyce Jarvis, Barbara MacDonald, Lee Morgan, Norma Noad, Noeline Reeves, Susan Sanders, Maryanne Satherley, Di Sutton, Marie van Schalkwyk, Stacey Brown.