BOISE, Idaho — Good news for thrift stores in Idaho. Not only do the Idaho Youth Ranch stores get to open on May 1 with other retail stores, they say they have been receiving donations since the stay-home order was first issued on March 25.
"When folks come to drop off their donations, which we vitally need for our mission, there is now specific protocol of them staying in their car if they choose to do that, and we unload everything, or them unloading their things to a cart, and all of our staff being able to maintain social distance while still engaging with the donors and talking with them," said Scott Curtis, Idaho Youth Ranch CEO.
Officials say donations to the Youth Ranch are quarantined for 72 hours to make sure they are COVID-19 free. Two other thrift stores chains, Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul, also plan on opening on May 1 as long as they can follow social distancing protocols.