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NEWS | Nov. 14, 2017

Langley Thrift Shop, giving back to JBLE

By Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec

New beginnings aren’t always easy or fun, and life in the military can be full of those. A Permanent Change of Station can be quite hectic with all the moving, packing, travelling and unexpected things along the way.


At Langley Air Force Base, the Langley Thrift Shop, which is run by the Langley Officers' Spouses' Club, helps the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community by providing low cost items that may have been lost, delivered later than expected or forgotten during a PCS.  The funds raised off of the generously priced items also come full-circle as they are reinvested in Airmen and their families.


According to Heather Alvarado, Langley Thrift Shop manager, the purpose of the Langley Thrift Shop is to create funds for educational scholarships and charitable requests through the sale, on a consignment basis, of one’s personal property, and to provide a service to the young service members stationed at JBLE.


“I’ve seen how much the local community can be helped with welfare and scholarships,” said Alvarado of the funds raised to support military dependent scholarships to an accredited college or university. “To give those scholarships to high school seniors and military spouses is a really great feeling at the end of the year.”


Only persons with valid military, Department of Defense or civilian identification card may place their personal items on consignment with the Langley Thrift Shop. Items consigned or donated may be purchased by any person with legitimate access to the Langley Thrift Shop, whether military or civilian.


“Those interested can call the Langley Thrift Shop and volunteer with Heather,” said Diane Schwab, Langley Thrift Shop volunteer. “We have connections to different volunteer events, so they can come to volunteer for different events.”


The Langley Thrift Shop hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays during Air National Guard Drill Weekends from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located at the Community Commons, 74 Burrell Loop or Building 61. For more information, call 764-7261.