The Diaconia Unit of the Church in Malta inaugurated its first thrift shop, named LOOP. The primary aim of this project is to give dignity to individuals facing challenging circumstances, while encouraging environmental consciousness and solidarity within the community.
The shop, which is situated in Melita Street in Valletta, corner with the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Republic Street, offers a wide array of second-hand clothing and accessories at discounted prices. The clothes which are donated to the shop are thoroughly inspected by volunteers before being sent to LOOP’s laundry facility in Kalkara.
During the project’s inauguration and blessing, Mgr Charles Cordina, the Episcopal Vicar for Diaconia, emphasized the profound impact of every purchase made from this shop. Such transactions not only bestow dignity upon those benefiting from the project but also contribute to reducing the pollution caused by excessive clothing production. Mgr. Cordina underlined that while everyone can purchase these clothes, the opportunity to do so at reduced prices is particularly significant for those in need and who are supported by the parishes.
Sina Bugeja, the Coordinator of LOOP, said parish priests are amongst the persons in Maltese society who are most likely to meet individuals in need. She stressed that this is one of the reasons why they ought to be given all the support necessary for them to help those in need within their parishes.
The President of the College of Parish Priests, Fr Mario Mangion, said that the thrift shop is yet another significant Church project that helps social work within the parishes and grants dignity to individuals in need. He emphasised that the initiatives undertaken by LOOP address effectively the daily needs encountered by priests and volunteers in the parishes. Fr Mario further highlighted that the shop stands as a testament to the generosity of the Maltese people who constantly support those who are suffering, ensuring they are never left to face their challenges alone.
The Loop shop is open every day from Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Individuals interested in contributing as volunteers to this project or other social initiatives managed by the Diaconia Unit can get involved by visiting djakonija.org/join or sending a message to +356 79795254.