Millie’s Thrift Store, a ministry of the Lafayette Catholic School System, enjoys a very special place in the collective conscience of our community. It has been there for individuals and families at their time of need and crisis to provide clothing and household items, a long-time financial supporter of the Lafayette Area Catholic Schools Foundation through its retail sales and a place to purchase gently used school uniforms and spirit gear for under $10.
Over this year, Millie’s has experienced significant growth through donations of items, corporate grants, and a devotion of love from many volunteers. We are so grateful for the tremendous support as we collectively make a difference in our community.
We would like to recognize Barb Ahler for her grant writing efforts, and two local corporations for their generous grants to transform Millie’s. Wabash National Corporation donated $1,499 to purchase and install a fully integrated point-of-sale terminal to track sales, accept credit card payments, get a deeper look into the business and help turn every sale into a repeat customer.
Walmart Supercenter on Commerce Drive, donated $954.92 to improve inventory shelving in the store. The new shelves have opened up more floor space for customers and staff to move in, and transformed the space into a more pleasurable shopping environment. Thanks to both of these donations, sales have increased.
In August 2019, LCSS posted its first paid position for Millie’s. In September, Dr. Stephen Leitch, a parent and St. Lawrence parishioner was hired to take over the General Manager position and carry out the vision laid out for Millie’s. The goal is to increase net revenue to several hundred thousand dollars per year to support the mission of the Lafayette Catholic School System. Sales continue to grow and we are moving closer towards the revenue goals.