Mission Statement

 To offer low-cost clothing and household items to generate funds for  emergency and supplemental food assistance.

  ...Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and    whoever has food must do likewise."  (Luke 3:11)

 Our Vision:  To complement existing community, social, and faith based  efforts in assisting others in need as an expression of Christian witness.


The first volunteers from St. Matthews by the Sea (SMBTS) opened the doors of the Samaritan Thrift Shop (STS) in July 2008 in a 2000 square foot building adjacent to Bayside Chapel (Mission church of SMBTS) in Williamsville Industrial Park.  STS has since, not only survived, but grew such that a move to a larger facility, also in Williamsville Industrial Park, became necessary.  In less than 2 years of moving to the new building, continued rapid growth required expanding even further to include the entire building of approximately 6000 square feet.

In addition to the main sales floor, a separate room is dedicated to furniture and related accessories such as linens, lamps and pictures, some gardening tools and other non-furniture home necessities.  STS also experienced significant growth in donations which required the inclusion of a separate processing room where donations are accepted.

STS employs a Director, Assistant Director and more than 60 volunteers from SMBTS and the surrounding community.  Funds raised through sales at the STS are divided among local food pantries who make timely written requests for assistance in providing food for their respective missions.  All requests are reviewed and requirements must be met in order to be included in the year end distribution.  Funding is determined on an annual basis and is not automatically renewable.

​What We Sell

Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
Gently used Housewares
Furniture, Lamps
Wall Art
DVD's & CD's
Sporting Goods
Baby Items
Holiday Decorations


Year End Contributions

Edward W. Pyle State Service Center - Frankford, DE
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, St. Matthews by the Sea - Fenwick Island, DE
Blessing House Ministry - Whaleyville, MD
Seaford Community Food Closet - St. John's UMC - Seaford, DE
Home of the Brave - Milford, DE
Community Food Pantry, Salem UMC - Selbyville, DE
Bethel Tabernacle Church of God, Helping Hands Food Bank - Frankford, DE
​​Ongoing Contributions
Christmas Angels 
American Rescue Workers
International Students
American Legion
Lion's Club
Clothing Our Kids
Nike Recycle Program
​Especially For You Project
Clothing for local homeless

Americn Rescue Workers​

Items We Do Not Accept​​​​

  Excercise Equipment
  Box Springs
  Bed Pillows

Volunteer Opportunities

Samaritan Thrift Shop is always seeking new volunteers to help keep the store running smoothly and to provide friendly, helpful assistance to our customers.  There is a variety of duties to choose from, including accepting donations, sorting, pricing and stocking clothing and other merchandise; or working in the store front as cashier, assisting with bagging and keeping the sales floor stocked, or helping customers, as necessary.  Hours are flexible to meet your schedule, either morning or afternoon shifts, weekly, or as often as your time permits.  We do ask that volunteers work a three hour shift.   Applications are available at the cashier desk.  Please consider joining us.
​Thrift Shop Advisory Committee

Pat Plocek, Chair
Pastor Richard Evans

Janice Slaysman - Manager
Terri Schaefer - Assistant Manager
A Group of Dedicated and Talented Volunteers