More than a food bank: HOL set to open drop-off and stores

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MOUNTAIN – The House of Lazarus (HOL) Drop-Off Depot has opened.

The charity’s drop-off is now accepting donations of household goods and clothing — though HOL notes that it can’t accept furniture at this time due to lack of storage capacity. (When in doubt, the organization advises donors to please contact it at 613-989-3830.)

With the drop-off reopening on May 25, it’s expected there will be an onslaught of generous donations, as many have done lots of spring cleaning during the first two months of the pandemic. HOL management is asking the public to be patient, as staff will do their best to accommodate everyone. The Morrisburg Lions have graciously donated two large tents that will keep donations dry until they are sorted. Going forward, drop-off times will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

HOL’s Mountain Treasures store (household goods) will reopen on Monday, June 1st at 10 a.m. While HOL Boutique (clothing thrift shop) will stay closed, the operation will feature a clothing tent set up on the property. Store hours, beginning June 2nd, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday with Thursdays remaining open until 8 p.m.

“We will be following the health unit’s COVID-19 regulations on opening,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said. “We will be limiting the number of people in the store to meet the social distancing requirements and we will have a sanitization station, as well.”

The mission’s food bank hours will return to their pre-pandemic schedule beginning Monday, June 1st . This means the food bank will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday with Thursdays remaining open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As the food bank is not large enough to accommodate social distancing regulations, HOL will continue to provide pre-packaged food hampers. The CRA Income Tax outreach program is still running. Eligible persons can drop off their forms to HOL and a CRA trained volunteer will complete the return and call when ready. The food bank’s Birthday Club is also still available.

“We are excited to see our valued customers and volunteers again,” Ashby said. “Our staff is looking forward to getting back to work, so we can once again provide as many needed services as we can.”

Located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, the local non-profit invites the public to follow its latest happenings on the HOL Facebook page.

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