Another option for donating gently used clothing are Diabetes Canada donation bins around town. This one is located at the Aquaplex. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Options around town for donating unwanted items

Missions Thrift Store Ponoka opening June 1

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted household items wondering how you can safely unload them, there are a couple of options around town.

The Missions Thrift Store Ponoka announced on its Facebook page that it will be reopening to customers on June 1.

It has been accepting donations in the back of its building since it closed in March.

According to a post from Charlotte Boychuk, the Ponoka United Church’s thrift shop isn’t currently able to accept donations, due to a backlog of items to sort through and clean, and is asking the community to hold back on donations until further notice.

The Town of Ponoka issued a news release May 26, stating that although it won’t prohibit garage sales, virtual sales are strongly encouraged.

“The Town is not prohibiting garage sales, but we are encouraging citizens to err on the side of caution by

postponing planned sales and considering alternatives that allow for touch-free sales and curbside pickups

instead,” said Tim Schmidt, general manager of planning and infrastructure for the Town of Ponoka.

Online platforms for sales could include Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji and social media posts.

Those who hold physical garage sales in town must comply with public health orders such as maintaining a distance of two metres from others who don’t live in the same household.

The town encourages online sales, as maintaining physical distancing at an in-person sale can be difficult as crowds may gather quickly, goods are touched by multiple people, cash is transferred and interactions may be too close.

“Citizens who do choose to host physical garage sales should plan in advance for how they will encourage

physical distancing, frequent hand sanitizing, and compliance with other public health orders and directives

throughout the duration of the sale,” stated the release.

If concerns about public health violations are reported, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will act on complaints,

which may result in enforcement measures being taken.

The town is also recommending touch-free or curbside pick up sales.

For more information on business-related activities during COVID-19, visit alberta.ca/COVID19 and alberta.ca/biz-connect.

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