The Shelton Exchange Club has come together to help My Sister's Place in Ansonia after a recent fire in an adjacent nightclub destroyed lots of the nonprofit thrift shop’s inventory.

Three carloads of various items including clothing, housewares, costume jewelry, books, games and toys have been donated.

Two donation bins established in town

The club also has established two donation bins in town — at Goodman Insurance, 2 Long Hill Ave., and Blanchette Sporting Goods, 425 Bridgeport Ave. Both businesses are involved in the Exchange Club.

Anyone may make a donation at these two locations. My Sister's Place is specifically looking for spring clothing, houseware products, costume jewelry, and silk flower arrangements.

My Sister’s Place is a thrift shop that generates funds for The Umbrella domestic violence program that serves the Valley, including Shelton.

How the Exchange Club helps others

The effort to help re-supply My Sister’s Place is one of the many causes assisted by the Shelton Exchange Club. The service organization is open to people who live or work in Shelton or any nearby town. New members are always welcome.

Club members work together to make the community a better place through community service, youth activities, and its national project, the prevention of child abuse.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Shelton Exchange Club should contact Denise Navarro, club president, at 203-231-5328.

About My Sister's Place

People can join the battle against domestic violence by patronizing or donating to My Sister's Place, 380 Main St., in downtown Ansonia. The establishment offers new or gently-used clothing, furniture, household items and toys to the public at discount prices.

All proceeds support Birmingham Group Health Services' The Umbrella program, serving women and children who are affected by domestic violence. The Umbrella provides emergency shelter, counseling, therapy, advocacy, and other services that offer hope and help save lives.

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