By: Damian Veazey
One million dollars is a lot of money any way you describe it, but when it’s invested into a community, the impact is immeasurable because of the benefits to so many people. Over the last five years that’s how much money the Thrift Barns of Morris County has raised to benefit numerous local organizations. The success of the non-profit Thrift Barns, which includes the Book Barn and the Bargain Barn in Denville, is because of their hardworking and dedicated volunteers, as well as their loyal customers who donate articles for sale, but also purchase a large variety of items. “We’re proud that the town supports our efforts and that we can help the local community,” said Thrift Barns president Leonard DiMenna. “Our volunteers deserve credit for their time and dedication, and they consider it an honor to give back to those in need,” DiMenna added.
A celebration was held in November recognizing the astounding $1,000,000 donation total and their 5th anniversary under the leadership of Leonard DiMenna. A luncheon honoring the volunteers was held at Brick 46 in Denville. Several local dignitaries including Mayor Thomas Andes, Senator Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, and Annie Ricci-Kenah, Executive Director of the Oaks at Denville, attended the event. During the luncheon, Mayor Andes presented the volunteers with a Denville lapel pin and Senator Bucco and Assemblywoman Dunn presented DiMenna with a Joint Legislative Resolution recognizing The Thrift Barn’s five-year anniversary and the $1 million-dollar donation total. “It’s amazing that in just five years, a small group of volunteers has been able to raise over $1 million dollars to help so many of the organizations of Denville and the surrounding community,” said Denville Mayor Thomas Andes.
The Thrift Barns is a significant and consistent contributor to the Township of Denville, including the Social Services Food Pantry, the Police Department and the Fire Department. Scholarships from the fundraising have been awarded to Morris Knolls, Morris Hills, Morris Tech High School, and the Community College of Morris County. In addition, organizations that received donations include 10 area food banks that distribute food items and food kitchens that prepare meals for people in the community. Funding has also been provided to Celebrate the Children, New Beginnings for Tomorrow, Roots and Wings of Denville, Wounded Warrior Project, the Joey Bella Memorial Fund, the VFW, American Legion of Denville, Alzheimer’s of New Jersey, the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway and many other organizations in need. “They have made significant monetary contributions to the police and fire departments, but particularly to Denville Social Services, allowing them to buy food for the pantry and also to provide energy and heating assistance to Denville’s less fortunate citizens,” said Mayor Andes.
Business hours for the Bargain Barn are:
Tuesday – 9:30am to 2:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday – 9:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday – 9:30am to 1:00pm
Business hours for the Book Barn are:
Wednesday & Thursday – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am to 1:00pm
The Thrift Barns of Morris County is a 501 (c) (3) organization run solely by volunteers. Originally managed by the Sisters of St. Francis in Denville and St. Clare’s Hospital Auxiliary Association, the five year old non-profit was formed upon the purchase of St. Clare’s Hospital by Prime Healthcare. If you would like to make a donation or become a volunteer, stop by during business hours.