January 2019 Issue – We need YOU this new year!

January is the season of goal-setting and aspiration-chasing. In the midst of all the excitement, we jot down ideas for how we will make our lives and world better. One of those dreams is often to find some way to give back. Is it on your list? We hope so…

Because we need your help!

The store is busier than ever with an increase in donations (how many of us have also resolved to declutter?) and we could use your helping hands. If the idea of volunteering sparks your interest, please consider your local Give & Take store and food pantry!

Anyone can volunteer – we welcome folks of all shapes, sizes, abilities and passions!

What we need:

  • Volunteers who can commit to working in the store on a weekly/monthly basis
    • Working in the store can mean sorting/hanging/displaying items, checking out customers, and general cleaning tasks
  • Volunteers who can’t commit to regular hours, but will have a free day sometime this year and want to come help on that day
    • We have a high rate of turnover, and the constant flow of donations need to be sorted (we’re currently overflowing!)
  • Financial Donations to continue funding the Food Pantry

Does any of this sound like something you can assist with? If so, please contact us by:

We hope to hear from you soon!

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

December, 2018 Issue – Merry Christmas!

PSA: The Food Pantry will be open on Saturday, 12/22. This is a great opportunity to stop by and be blessed before the holiday, so please be sure to spread to the word to anyone and everyone. We don’t want any rumbling tummies on Christmas morning!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We’re decked out for the magical season and ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of year with you! Have you stopped by to check out our window displays recently? Rumor has it that they’re hard to keep up; as soon as we’ve got one finished in the window, everything sells. Thank goodness for our leader, Andrya Clapsaddle. Her creativity with the displays has no limit!


The holidays always put us in the mood for a deal, so we’ve made sure to set you up for quite a steal with all of our sales!

The $5 Bag Sale is back! Stock up on clothes and shoes for just $5 a bag.

Sale runs through December 29, 2018; applies to clothing and shoes. Bags provided by/at the store. Personal shopping bags do not apply. See store representative for more details.

Brrrrr it’s cold out there! No reason to freeze – stop in today and get your $2 coat! I think we can all agree that this is the cheapest bundle up opportunity, like, ever!

Sale applies to all winter coats now through December 29, 2018. Each coat is $2. See store representative for more details.


We’ll be closed Wednesday and Thursday the week of Christmas so that all of our amazing volunteers can enjoy a wondrous holiday with their loved ones. No worries though, we’ll be open again on the 28th!

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”

-Bob Hope

November, 2018 Issue – We are Grateful for YOU!

November is here, and with it, the reminder to look at our greatest blessings in life. For us, that’s an easy thing to do. Our greatest blessing is all of YOU! We are so grateful for the support you give through donations, volunteering, purchasing, praying and spreading the word. Without you, nothing we do would be possible.


And to show our appreciation, the Give & Take’s Annual Thanksgiving Feast is back! On Tuesday, 11/13/2018, 5-7 PM, we’re serving up delicious food and would love for you to join us!

Bring yourself, your family, your friends, your coworkers – you can even bring a random stranger! We just want a chance to see you all and say “Thanks!” face to face. 😊

This free! for all dinner will be held at the Conservation Club in West Mansfield: 701 South Main Street, West Mansfield, OH 43358

We hope to see you soon!

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”

-Henry Van Dyke

October, 2018 Issue – Trick or Treat?

What a treat! 

This autumn season is off to a wonderful start! With a surplus of food in our pantry, we were able to host an extra Food Pantry Saturday in September. That means more food filling more stomachs, and we couldn’t be more excited!

A hearty thank you to all of our volunteers and patrons who make things like this possible. We say it a lot, but it’s just the truth: we couldn’t do this without YOU.

Thank you for giving, buying, and spreading the word. You are heroes!


Our $5 bag seems to be quite the hit, so we’ve decided to run the sale for the entire month of October! Stop in any time to load up a bag of clothes and shoes for just $5!!

But that’s not all: it’s Halloween season, and we are ready to costume you right up! Stop in soon to check out our costumes – just $2 a piece. You can’t beat pricing like that!

Sale runs 10/01/2018 through 10/31/2018 during regular store hours. Bags provided by the store. Please see store representative for more details.

We know it’s hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner. To give you a head start on prep, we’re also running a Winter Coat Sale this month.

Sale runs 10/01/2018 through 10/31/2018 during regular store hours. Please see store representative for more details.

From the classics…

“Oh, Marilla,” [Anne] exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill—several thrills? I’m going to decorate my room with them.”

“Messy things,” said Marilla, whose aesthetic sense was not noticeably developed. “You clutter up your room entirely too much with out-of-doors stuff, Anne. Bedrooms were made to sleep in.”

“Oh, and dream in too, Marilla. And you know one can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things.”

-Excerpt from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

September, 2018 Issue – First Day of Fall!

Fall has always been one of our favorite times of year. The gorgeous autumn leaves, the cuddles around campfires, the cozy sweaters and cute boots. Top it off with a steaming cup of joe and, well, goshdarn that’s paradise.

We’re eager for the first day of fall to get here. September 22nd, so close we can taste it! And the mood is kinda taking over. Our wonderful store volunteers put together some stunning displays in our store windows.

I mean, just look at this!

Doesn’t this just give you all the cozy, homey feels? It does for us.

We know that stuff can’t make you happy; it’s just a fact! But each piece can contribute to the atmosphere of your home and can encourage the things that do bring happiness: family talks over gorgeous platters brimming with food, memories sparked by decorative frames showing off smiling children, love blossomed by blankets snuggling lovebirds on date night.

At our steeply discounted prices, most anyone can afford to shop and make their house a place where happiness can find itself a home.

And the truly most wonderful, most amazing part is that each time you shop here, those who can’t afford to do so can come in and be blessed. The more you shop, the more we can give.


On that note, there are just two weeks left of our $5 bag sale!! After seeing how much you all loved our Back-2-School sale, we couldn’t leave you hanging and extended the sale for the rest of August and into September. The final day to get in on this deal is Saturday, September 15th. You definitely don’t want to miss out.

There is no limit to the number of bags you can buy or how often you can come back and fill them up. Just stop in, shop around, and bless a life.

With it being Labor Day weekend, we feel it’s fitting to leave you with this thought:

“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength.”

-Henry Ward Beecher