I was going to let the March 24 story about Off Island Thrift Store slide until I read a letter to the editor in response ("Off Island Thrift boon to the sick, community," March 29).
I am a member of the Osprey Village board of directors and chairman of the Heart to Home Thrift Store. We are a 501(c)(3) operation. With the exception of rent, operating expenses and a modest salary paid our store manager, all of our profits go to housing for the mentally handicapped.
The story states that, according to records provided by Off Island Thrift, $3,090 in materials were donated to Heart to Home in 2011. We estimate the contributions generously to be $150; 90 percent of these contributions were rerouted to Savannah Mission. We, too, share with local charities but do not make financial claims.
I am sure cancer victims and their loved ones appreciate every dollar they receive. I know something about cancer, both the survivor and nonsurvivor sides.
In closing, my remarks in the story were solicited by The Island Packet. We are not the anonymous commenters.
As to the beauty contest award, Off Island Thrift owner Karen Matthews is indeed a comely woman. Beauty must be peculiar to the thrift store business. All of our volunteers are winners.