Apple Tree Gift and Thrift Shop is all about giving back

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Apple Tree Gift and Thrift Shop is all about giving back

by: Pfc. Choi, Hyun-kyu | .
USAG Daegu | .
published: August 26, 2013

DAEGU GARRISON — Located on Camp Walker, the Apple Tree Gift and Thrift Shop is just one more quality of life initiative that makes U.S. Army Garrison Daegu and Area IV a community of excellence.

A private not for profit organization, the Apple Tree is run by the Daegu Civilians and Spouses Club (DCSC), and its purpose is quite simple.
“The main purpose of the Apple Tree is to give back to the community,” said DCSC President Jill Vaniman.

By all accounts, that line of thinking seems to be working well for both the Apple Tree and the community. According to Vaniman, a percentage of the establishment’s profits are returned to the community in a couple of ways.

“Our profits go back to the community in the form of scholarships and welfare,” Vaniman said. “Additionally, an ongoing-program called ‘20 Items Free’ is geared toward our E-4 and below Soldiers and their Families. The focus is on clothes and shoes per month. We are currently taking that program to the next level by teaming up with other programs and organizations in Area IV.”

Vaniman said programs like “New Mom” with Wood Clinic, “Military Financial Assistance,” with ACS, and the support of the Camp Walker Chapel are just a few examples of organizations that will be teaming up with the DCSC. Much like the gift that keeps on giving, the DCSC staff isn’t quite done.

“There are plans for the Apple Tree to have monthly and weekly specials on selected merchandise throughout the year,” said Vaniman. “Customers should check out our store any chance they get. There’s always something new being added to our shelves.”

Anyone desiring to drop off or donate items to the Apple Tree will find a convenient drop off location right outside the facility. The store is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Our doors are open to anyone who is authorized access to the post, including visitors. Everyone is welcome. Any day is a good day to come and shop,” said Vaniman.

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