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Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center Opens in Newtown

The center occupies a space that was home to two coffee shops in the past three years.


Even though the sign still says "Coming Soon," Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center in Newtown got off to a good start on its first day open on Monday.

"I was only here for an hour and I got my first customer," Mike Thomas said enthusiastically.

Thomas, a resident of Ansonia, works for the local chapter of the national organization that pairs at-risk children with adult mentors. He'll be the guy who will happily help folks bring in their donations at the Newtown Center and provide them with paperwork for tax deduction purposes.

Thomas is also responsible for the center's facelift. He transformed the previously dark space into a bright, inviting atmosphere.

The center is located at 127 South Main St. (Route 25), near the restaurant Fusion 25. The space was formerly occupied by Hideaway Cafe, and before that, Blue Z Coffeehouse.

How the Process Works

Items donated to the center are delivered to the nearest Savers Thrift Stores — there's one in Brookfield, among a handful of other spots in the state — where they are sold. All profits go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Items You Can Donate

According to a pamphlet provided by Thomas, items always in need include:

  • clothing (men, women and children)
  • shoes (all styles and sizes)
  • household items (pots, pans, dishes)
  • curtains, towels, bedding
  • tools
  • toys, games, sports equipment
  • small appliances and radios

For a complete list of acceptable items to donate, check out this page on the organization's website. You can also schedule donation pick-up by visiting www.bbbsdonate.org or calling 877-399-2570.

Stay Connected

The Newtown Donation Center is part of the Southwestern Connecticut chapter of the national organization. Stay connected with the local chapter by liking their Facebook page.

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