- Household Items
- Sports Items
- Fresh Produce
- Baked Goods
- Meat & Poultry
- Food in Cans
- Help with Rent
- Help with Utilities
- Help with Photo IDs
- Non-Narcotic Prescriptions
- Medical Equipment
The Thrift Store at Daystar Life Center of Citrus County provides at affordable prices secondhand or gently used items that are useful to meet the basic needs of households of any size.
Our store is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, Good Friday, the week of July 4th, and the week before Christmas through New Year’s Day.
We also provide free clothing to children, women and men who meet our eligibility criteria. The poor, the homeless and the struggling families with children who have basic clothing needs may come to our Social Services Office up to two (2) times per year for vouchers to use in our Thrift Store.
Our Thrift Store is our main source of revenue. The manager, Martin Vandersommen, is the only full-time employee and our truck driver, Michael Asher, is a part-time employee for our store. We depend on volunteers to staff the Thrift Store. Without the monies generated by sales, Daystar would not be able to exist as a primary resource for the poor, the homeless and the struggling families in Citrus County.
So, please help us help others and consider our Thrift Store for your shopping or to donate the following:
Clothing, Shoes & Accessories for children, women & men
Jewelry & Art
Fabric & Craft Supplies
Toys & Games that are clean with no damage and games with no missing pieces
Furniture that is usable without more than minor damage or stains (no entertainment centers of compressed wood; no desks, including computer desks; no china hutches without matching table & chairs)
Beds & Mattresses without stains or rips
Appliances of all sizes that are functional (no dishwashers, gas stoves or gas dryers)
Household Items of any kind that are clean and not damaged (we accept sets of dishes & glasses; any other kitchen or dining ware; functional small appliances; linens, spreads, curtains, table covers & towel sets; table, shelf & wall art or ornamentation; all other useful items every household needs)
Books & Magazines (no newspapers)
CDs & DVDs that are not damaged (no videotapes)
Flat-screen TVs that are functional (no other TVs, except very small ones)
Electronic & Audio-Visual Units that are functional & not damaged
Athletic & Outdoor Sports Items (no mechanical or powered exercise equipment)
Cleaning Equipment & Yard Equipment either powered or manual as long as they are functional & not damaged
NOTE, please do not donate: mechanical or powered exercise equipment, pianos or organs, TVs except with flat screens, dishwashers, gas stoves or dryers, mattresses with stains or rips, desks of any kind, china hutches without matching table & chairs, entertainment centers made of compressed wood, anything that is broken or badly damaged or just does not work.
TO SCHEDULE OUR TRUCK:
We have a box truck that is available for the free pickup of donated furniture and large appliances. Please, donate items that are clean, unbroken and re-usable. (Also note the list directly above of things NOT to donate.) The truck is also available for a small donation to deliver furniture or appliances purchased from our store.
To schedule our truck, call between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (352) 795-8668, then press 1, or email us at DaystarLife1@gmail.com.
Pickups are scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some Fridays and Saturdays are available to pick up items of great value.
Please understand that our driver is instructed not to bring back anything he finds of little use or value. We cannot afford to bring back anything that will need to be hauled away to the landfill. If any items are broken or badly damaged or just does not work, please do not bring them to Daystar or give them to our truck driver.
TO DROP OFF DONATIONS:
Come to the Thrift Store on a weekday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
If you need help to unload your vehicle, back up to the rear double doors of the store, then go inside to the cashier and ask for help.
Before or after hours you may leave items at or in the Donation Bin. As you look at the front of the store, go around the handicap parking spaces on the right-hand side. Look for the bin at the left of the outdoor freezer of the Food Pantry building. Please do not leave items outside if it is raining or it is expected to rain before our store opens.
Please, bring only items that are clean and usable. We cannot accept things that are badly damaged or badly stained, or do not function.
Please remember, our Thrift Store generates revenue to support our operations as a charitable social services organization. If we receive things that we cannot sell, then it costs us both the time of our staff and volunteers and the money that we raise to sort through and then dispose those things. If people cannot actually wear the clothing we have received to give or sell to them, or if people are not able to put to good use anything else that was donated to us to sell, then our time and money has been wasted every time we have junk to haul away.
We will greatly appreciate your cooperation in donating clean and useful items to our Thrift Store. Thank you!