Corner Cupboard Charities needs furnishings, clothing and more

More than 30 nonprofit organizations regularly benefit from the generosity of East Dayton’s Corner Cupboard Charities.

“The Corner Cupboard provides a much needed service that offers inexpensive household items and clothing at a reasonable cost to local customers,” said Beth Cloyd, who serves as vice president of the organization’s board. “Over the last 60 years our little store has donated almost $4 million to those in need.”

The charity was founded in 1960 when a group of mothers, whose daughters were serving in the Glenmary order of missionaries, responded to a request from Glenmary sisters in Cincinnati to start a thrift shop to raise money for missionary work in Appalachia.

The group no longer has a religious affiliation and is now an independent philanthropic organization that donates earnings from its East Side Thrift Shop to a wide range of non-profits in the Miami Valley.

Among the recipients are Catholic Social Services, St. Vincent De Paul and its outreach, food pantries, House of Bread, Food for the Journey, Shoes for the Shoeless, For the love of Children (FLOC), Greene County domestic violence and many more.

All workers are volunteers. “Many of us are second and third generation workers, myself included,” said Cloyd. “We have many, many regular shoppers we know by name; they have been frequenting our shop since its inception.”

A new addition to the shop, she said, is a “Boutique Corner” with upscale clothing. The group also sells items on Facebook and Craigslist.

“When you help us you help your community,” said Cloyd. “We accept most gently used items with the exception of mattresses or any stuffed furniture such as recliners, wingbacks and couches.”

Because of COVID, they are limiting customers in the shop and all are asked to wear masks.

“Corner Cupboard Charities is a diamond in the rough,” said Cloyd. “It has been part of the East Dayton community for over 60 years with a mission to help those in need.”

What they most appreciate:

  • Pots and pans
  • Linens ( sheets and towels)
  • Winter coats especially children’s
  • Utensils
  • Jewelry
  • Collectibles
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Better quality carpets
  • Mechanical hand tools; saws, hammers, wrenches, tool boxes.
  • Wood living room, bedroom and dining room furniture
  • Antique items
  • Toys in good condition
  • Gloves and scarves
  • Purses and luggage
  • Shoes and boots
  • Clothing for all ages (men, woman’s, children’s, babies)
  • Craft items
  • Pet items

Corner Cupboard, located at 504 Xenia Ave., is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Donations can be taken to the shop at those times. Pickups are also available twice a week.

Volunteers are always needed for the shop. For more information, call 937-252-5491.

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“I have a baby grand piano that was my grandmother’s which my mother and father inherited,” writes one of our Make a Difference readers. He goes on to say that his grandmother was a piano teacher from the 1930s to 1950s.

Both of his parents have now passed away and he has no room in his home for the piano. “I was going to donate it to a nursing home in Xenia, but it would not fit,” he adds.

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