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Noah’s Ark, the popular island thrift shop and charitable outreach program for St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, reopens for business for the winter season, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, October 4. The shop has been closed for 6 weeks for maintenance and restocking.
During October, store hours are Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From November to April 30, the winter season’s full operating schedule resumes, weekdays and the first Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year the Ark will also add evening hours monthly, on Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m., beginning Nov 12. These hours will give working customers more purchasing flexibility.
Owing to overwhelming donations, the Ark will now accept donations only during daytime business hours.
The Ark offers for sale, at bargain prices, merchandise of all kinds, including women’s and men’s apparel, children’s clothes, bedding, bicycles and sports equipment, kitchen goods and housewares, furniture and home furnishings, and a varied selection of books—including excellent vacation reading—in its own special book station, “Barnes and Noah.”
The Ark’s Chair Adele Mattern reports that donations to the Ark are substantial again this year. “We have some wonderful items ready to be taken home. Our island neighbors have been very generous with their lightly used possessions. This should be one of our best years ever.”
In operation for more than 50 years, Noah’s Ark is operated by the women of St. Michael’s. Outreach support to those in need continues to be a priority for the church. Proceeds from Ark sales, coupled with monies from the parish’s annual budget, go to more than 25 local, regional and global charities.
Donations to the Ark can be left during daytime business hours at the shop’s loading dock. The Ark volunteers and St. Michael & All Angels Church extend heartfelt thanks to all donors and customers who make the Ark’s charitable mission a continuing success.
For more information on Noah’s Ark, contact St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 2304 Periwinkle Way, 472-2173/saintmichaels-sanibel.org.