Post 88 implements security measures, temporary change in hours following theft at clothing shed

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BURRILLVILLE – Berard/Desjarlais American Legion Post 88 has put security measures in place at the St.Pauley clothing shed and implemented new temporary hours of operation following a recent major theft from the facility.

The shed, located by the Binn’s Building at 111 Chapel Street in Harrisville, lost items recently when burglars pulled up in a U-Haul truck loaded up and carted off the community donations. Typically, the shed is open 24 hours a day for drop off donations, accepting clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, curtains, pillowcases and stuffed animals.

The structure is used as a fundraiser for the organization, but also helps to serve community needs. Provided by St. Pauly Textile Inc., the shed is designed to give community members a uniquely clean, convenient, and well-cared-for option to donate used clothing. The company partners with businesses and organizations to distribute donated items both here in the U.S. and worldwide, where they’re ultimately re-worn by people who need them.

With more than 1,300 clothing drop-off sheds in place, St. Pauly collects some 90,000 pounds of clothing every day, and estimates that it ends up in 44 different countries. The partner organizations, meanwhile, receive funding for donated items, and additionally have the option of using the donations.

In Burrillville, Post 88 Commander Raymond Trinque regularly holds on to nicer, less-worn items to serve the local community, with coats and newer clothing items made available to town residents in need.

Now, the well-used shed has some new features, including a security camera, motion lights and more secure locks. The structure’s temporary hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

“We have a serious theft problem and this is our temporary solution to secure people’s generous donations,” Trinque said. “Hopefully, these will be short-term limited hours.”

If people need to donate during hours when the shed is closed, Trinque said they can also call him to arrange drop off at (401) 568-0858.

“Thanks for your patience and generosity donating clothes,” he said to those who have helped out in the past. “We’re still serving.”

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