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A donation center set up shop in the billiards room of the Point Dume Club clubhouse this past Monday, offering free clothing, accessories, sporting goods, books and toys to victims of the Woolsey Fire.
While other such stores exist within Malibu, Point Dume Club residents and PDC Shop organizers Arpie Petkus, Lisa Spear and Tina Jennings hope to serve those who may just be returning to town or who are just starting to seek help in a low-key, safe space.
“We just wanted to have another opportunity, another place,” Petkus said.
The PDC Shop, which previously served residents on an appointment-only schedule, has now adopted the following hours: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Appointments also may be requested by calling or texting Spear at (310) 924-5889, Petkus at (323) 595-1162 or Jennings at (310) 710-4165.
As of Wednesday, Dec. 12, Petkus said the clubhouse was pretty well stocked, but the organizers are still accepting brand new items.
The volunteers also continue to accept wish list requests from shoppers, with recent requests ranging from Christmas decorations to an iron and ironing board. Anyone who wants to help fulfill wish list requests as they come in may contact the organizers, though Petkus said wishes have been quickly fulfilled thus far.
The clubhouse also reached out to representatives of the local Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools to spread the word to those in need.
The shop also encourages children who are friends of those who lost their homes to stop by the shop to create care packages in order to take the burden off of those in need.
“It is a thoughtful gesture that makes them feel helpful and lets the recipient know that their friends are here to support them and give them a boost,” the organizers explained in an email to the Malibu schools.
The women also aim to provide valuable connections outside of the clubhouse’s doors wherever possible. Though various relief efforts are underway, Petkus said compassion and support can go a long way right now.
“We’re just finding that people feel like there’s no progress,” she said. “ ... They’re just kind of overwhelmed by the slowness of the process. Even though they’ve been told ‘We’re going to try to speed this up,’ it doesn’t feel like that for them right now.”
A final date of operation for the PDC Shop has not yet been determined, but Petkus said she anticipated the shop would remain open for a few more months. The Point Dume Club clubhouse is located at 29500 Heathercliff Road in Malibu.
The Point Dume Club Shop
What: Victims of the Woolsey Fire are able to receive free clothing, accessories, sporting goods, books and toys. Shoppers also may add desired items to a wish list.
Where: The billiards room of the Point Dume Club clubhouse, located at 29500 Heathercliff Road in Malibu
When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
* Appointments also may be scheduled by calling or texting Arpie Petkus at (323) 595-1162, Lisa Spear at (310) 924-5889 or Tina Jennings at (310) 710-4165.