After Superstorm Sandy caused such devastation to South River and the surrounding areas, Holy Trinity created Calico Threads Thrift Store as a way to help Sandy’s victims get back on their feet.

Three years later, Calico Threads is still going strong!

Memories of the destruction and loss caused by Superstorm Sandy three years ago remain embedded in the lives of many. And, the good will and outreach that sprang forth since the storm continues at Holy Trinity Church in South River where the Calico Threads thrift shop steadfastly meets the needs of those in crisis each day.

When the store first opened its doors at 54 Ferry St., large donations of clothing were offered to help ease the devastation from the storm. The church had lost electrical power when they began aiding the storm victims whose homes were flooded in South River.

According to Sandra Rahn, chairwoman of Calico Threads, parishioners delivered food and cleaning supplies with 80 to 90 meals delivered each night.

JoAnn Devlin, chairwoman, noted that the concept for Calico Threads was born during a group meeting with the name of the store adapted from the church’s preschool, Calico Cat, which is more than 30 years



Calico Threads Thrift Shop will shortly complete its transition to spring and summer items. 

As you begin to change your wardrobes if there are items you would like to donate please deliver them to the shop (54 Ferry Street) or back of church.

We continue to seek volunteers to assist our customers on Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6-8PM, Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 11:30 and Saturday 9-12.

If you have an hour or two you can help please contact Sue Webb, Joann Devlin or Sandy Rahn.

Calico Threads is an outreach ministry making available clothing and shoes at a nominal cost to the residents of South River and neighboring communities.



This Holy Trinity outreach ministry is located at 54 Ferry Street.  We have expanded our hours and are now open Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-8PM,Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 11:30 and Saturdays 9 – noon.  There are many in the South River area who need our help.  We need volunteers.  If you can help with greeting people, folding/sorting clothes during any of the store open times please see a member of the committee:  JoAnn Devlin, Hannah Palmer-Koroma, Sue Webb or Sandy Rahn.


Heart of the Home – Fr. John Sosnowski’s wife Cindy is heading a ministry called Heart of the Home.  They are looking to reach the people who are within the first weeks of re-occupying their homes.  They will prepare custom baskets depending on the family’s needs but always  including basics of cookbooks, measuring spoons, stapler, kitchen towels, etc.  They will also deliver the baskets to the families.  If you know anyone in need of this outreach give the name and phone number to a member of the Calico Threads Committee.


The Calico Threads Thrift Store is now open!! Father John Negrotto blessed the site at the grand opening and we are up and running. The location is 54 Ferry St., South River. Hours of operation are Tuesday evenings from 6 PM to 8 PM, and Saturday morning from 9AM until Noon. If you have items you wish to donate or are available to staff the store, please contact JoAnn Devlin, Bill Kendrick, Hannah Palmer-Koroma or Sandy Rahn.

The grand opening of Calico Threads was featured on The Sentinel, a prominent New Jersey newspaper and news site.

New thrift store will serve storm victims, others in need.

A new thrift store will double as a ministry for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South River.

The Leonardine Avenue church will begin operating the Calico Threads thrift shop from the storefront at 54 Ferry St. on Sunday.

Church members Sandy Rahn and JoAnn Devlin have organized efforts for the store, which will distribute goods donated for superstorm Sandy victims. Those items, mainly clothing and accessories, are currently stored in a warehouse. Whether the store will carry larger items, such as donated furniture, remains to be determined.
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Image Source: The Sentinel

Congratulations to everyone involved!