By Janet Martin
We are happy to announce that we have tentative plans to open the Green Olive Tree in June, the exact date to be determined. We will be making every effort to make the shop safe for our volunteers and customers.
We continue to have dedicated volunteers who give of their time weekly to make the Green Olive Tree a fun and pleasant place to shop.
There will be some changes in the way we do things. Some of our volunteers will not be returning so, as of now, plans are to have the shop open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
For the immediate future, donations will be accepted only on Monday. Donations left other days or after hours will be disposed of in the dumpster. We realize that this is not going to be nearly as convenient as you have known in the past, but we are living in the COVID-19 era right now and we are feeling our way along. Likely we will be adding more days for the shop to be open and to receive, if all goes well.
A limited number of customers will be allowed into the store at a time and each person will be required to wear a mask. If a customer does not have a mask, she/he will not be allowed in the shop. We will not have masks to give out.
Mothers: there will be no toys for your children to play with while you shop. There will be a few good toys for sale, but not where children can play with them. We know this is a big change for you and your child.
The month of May was the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Green Olive Tree. It was started by a group of community Christian women who were involved in a Bible study. This little shop has blessed many people who have shopped here over the years and more than a million dollars have been given away to community organizations and to Christian organizations and some international ones as well. In addition to money, clothing, house wares and linens have gone to some local families who met with unfortunate circumstances.
We have a Facebook page and will be posting our updates there. We also have a web site: www.greenolivetreecrozet.com.
We are also looking for another space for the shop. The landlord has plans to demolish the present building late in 2021 and build a new one.
We dream of a larger space that would have room for some furniture and even a coffee/tea corner where you could sit and chat. We like to think of the Green Olive Tree as a Christian community thrift store. If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, consider the Green Olive Tree.