For Pete’s Sake Thrift Shop Hosts Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Welcome back, For Pete’s Sake!

For Pete’s Sake Thrift Shop closed in September 2019 when the building it was housed in, across the street from St. Peter’s Hospital, was razed for redevelopment. The thrift shop then remained closed during the initial waves of the COVID pandemic. Today, St. Peter’s Hospital Auxiliary celebrated the beginning of a new era for the thrift shop, with a grand opening ribbon cutting and blessing of its new space at 226 North Allen Street in Albany.

Margery Kirsch

Attendees at the event included longtime supporter Dr. Alice Green, executive director of the Center for Law and Justice; Margery Kirsch, chair of St. Peter’s Hospital Auxiliary; Peter Semenza, vice president of philanthropy, St. Peter’s Health Partners; Jane Norris, director of volunteer services; and several thrift shop volunteers and auxiliary members.

The store is open to the public Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The money from purchases at the thrift store helps to support our Mission and the good works of our volunteer and auxiliary services, as well as St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.

While the store is open to the community, its main mission is serving the patients of St. Peter’s Hospital. The shop supplies clothing to a clothing closet operated by Volunteer Services, which provides patients in need with clothing upon discharge. Vouchers, provided in increments of $5, can also be requested by social workers and nurses to allow patients in need to purchase essential items in the store following a hospital stay.

Money raised at For Pete’s Sake is part of the St. Peter’s Hospital Auxiliary’s annual donation to the St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation. The auxiliary recently contributed $500,000 to the Foundation to assist with the Annual Campaign and a campaign focused on renovations to the hospital’s birthing center.

For Pete’s Sake is currently accepting donations of household goods and clothing items during regular business hours. Appliances and electronics are not accepted at the shop. Arrangements may be made to drop off items on alternate days by calling the shop at 518-525-1107.

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