The Hampstead Women’s Club, with a current membership roster of 47, is making an impact on the local community. Since January of 2000, the Hampstead Women’s Club has donated more than $522,000 to local schools and area non-profit and service organizations. The club also awards select high school seniors at Topsail High School scholarships.
The club raises the money through the Hampstead Thrift Store. Area residents donate gently used clothes, housewares, furniture, books and accessories to the thrift store. Hampstead Women’s Club volunteers sort through the items to price and display in the store. When the items sell, the proceeds are donated back into the community.
“We have been blessed,” said Patricia Truscello, president of the Hampstead Women’s Club. “The residents of greater Hampstead donate used goods to us and we in turn donate the proceeds to community needs.”
The mission of the Hampstead Women’s Club is simple. “To be good stewards of the generous donations of our community and to offer a quality thrift shop, not for our benefit but for the benefit of our community and in working side by side, develop friendships through fellowship, service and respect for each other.”
The Hampstead Women’s Club accepts donation petitions from scouts, schools, service organizations and non-profits. They have given money to Eagle Scout projects, homeless veteran projects, local food banks, Meals on Wheels, and paid for drinking water at the Topsail Senior Center, just to name a few.
“The schools are very dear to our hearts,” said Hampstead Women’s Club Treasurer Betsy Thomas. “Since 2000 we have given more than $86,000 to our local schools.”
The money is generally donated to the art and music programs. At the closing day of December 2012, the club donated a total of $15,000 to Hampstead’s three elementary schools, middle school and Topsail High School. The money was used to meet varying needs, such as the purchase of a tuba or sound equipment.
“We make a difference in our community,” said Truscello. “We welcome residents to join us. Membership to the Hampstead Women’s Club is only $15 per year and membership is open to both men and women.”
For more information about the Hampstead Women’s Club call Truscello at 910-270-4910.