Vilas Food Pantry Director Sandy Weber visited St. Germain Jan. 5 to receive a $960 donation from volunteers at the Community United Church of Christ Thrift Shop.

The donation was the second-largest by the thrift shop to date.

The funds were gathered and matched from the counter donation jar during the month of December.

Located in county seat Eagle River, the Vilas Food Pantry provides groceries to county residents in need. The funds help purchase groceries necessary to round out meals.

The checkout counter donation jar at the thrift shop gathers funds from shoppers who want to support the work of the volunteers who provide organization to the many donated items received by the shop. Funds in the jar are matched by proceeds from the store.

Winter items available for purchase at the shop include jackets, boots, winter pants and sporting goods items, including helmets for snowmobiling. If visitors find their cabins short on supplies, the shop also carries an assortment of small appliances, cooking utensils and, for the bored, DVD’s and reading material.

The present counter donation is being gathered on behalf of the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department’s body camera program.

The St. Germain United Church of Christ Thrift Shop is located in the strip mall adjacent to St. Germain Sentry Foods near the intersection of highways 70 and 155. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, with the store closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.