Used kitchen appliances, clothing, furniture and toys are helping house and educate students at the Redemptorist School for the Disabled thanks to the opening of Ray’s Second-Hand Shop.
Pattaya City Council members Rattanachai Sutidechanai and Yuwathida Jeerapat joined Father Ray Foundation President Rev. Michael Picharn Jaiseri and Thammasart University professor Pattaraporn Yaemla-oo at the March 16 grand opening at the Pattaya school.
(L to R) Rev. Michael Picharn Jaiseri, president of Father Ray’s foundation for People with Disabilities, Pattaya city spokesperson Yuwathida Jeerapat, Rattanachai Suthidechanai, president of Pattaya’s sports and tourism committee, and Thammasart University professor Pattaraporn Yaemla-oo cut the ribbon to officially open the store.
“The items sold in Ray’s Second-Hand Shop are all donated by kind citizens to increase income for the foundation in order to pay the expenses to help the disabled and the unfortunate individuals living under its care,” explained Jaiseri. He said the foundation has been selling donated items to retail outlets, but the income proved insufficient. So a store open to the general public was created.
Jaiseri noted that the shop was made possible with the assistance of Thammasat graduate students, who joined with workers from Might International Co. to organize shelves, add bar codes and price donated items put up for sale.
Rev. Michael Picharn Jaiseri leads Rattanachai Suthidechanai and Yuwathida Jeerapat on a tour of the items in Ray’s Secondhand Shop.
The accounting and business-management students in the university’s five-year fast-track bachelor’s / master’s program categorized products into groups, tagged items and helped prepare the store for the public. Mighty International sent employees to install electrical appliances and move heavy items to higher shelves.
Ray’s Second-Hand Shop offered clothes, electrical appliances, stationary, furniture, home furnishings, toys and toiletries. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 081-699-2633.
Students, honored guests and officials celebrate the opening of the new secondhand shop.