HOWARD — A brand new thrift retailer ministry opened this summer season to offer inexpensive used clothes and niknaks to households in Beech Creek, Blanchard, Howard and surrounding areas.
After a few years of praying, dreaming, pondering and planning, Religion United Methodist Church, positioned in Hunter Run, launched a cell thrift retailer, Bargains & Blessings Neighborhood Closet. When a seek for an acceptable location for the shop was unsuccessful, the concept of a cell thrift retailer was offered and put into motion. The church’s outreach workforce hit the bottom working in late 2021 to make this ministry a actuality.
“With the church being in a rural setting, we now have to be keen to exit into the group,” mentioned Pastor Mark Johnson.
Bargains & Blessings debuted this summer season throughout meals financial institution hours at each Blanchard Church of Christ and Howard United Methodist Church. The outreach was additionally on-site at Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard for his or her backpack and faculty provide giveaway. Together with Religion Chapel, all three of those neighboring church buildings, plus the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, have been amassing clothes for the outreach. There was really a lot generosity that Religion Chapel needed to cease amassing quickly. What higher approach to serve our neighbors than to be cell and companion with different church buildings within the space?
“It’s such a blessing to have the help and partnership of our church associates within the space. All of us have the identical aim of loving our neighbors so why not work collectively?” mentioned Joni Bumbarger, co-chair of the mission and outreach workforce.
The mission of Bargains & Blessings is three-fold:
— To offer good high quality clothes at a low value to our neighbors.
— To be good stewards of the Earth by recycling clothes, footwear and equipment.
— To foster heat and pleasant encounters.
Bargains & Blessings will characteristic its largest sale of the summer season on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. till midday. Clothes will likely be $5 per bag full! This purchasing day will likely be on-site on the church at 551 Hunter Run Highway, Howard, as a result of there are simply too many objects to move.
“I personally take pleasure in thrift retailer purchasing and saving cash wherever I can, so it’s nice to be concerned with a thrift retailer that additionally advantages the group,” mentioned Bumbarger. “Cease by on Saturday totally free espresso, water, snacks and dialog — and within the course of you may simply discover some nice offers as nicely!”
Bargains and Blessings’ much-appreciated volunteers have been working laborious to get issues prepared for the massive back-to-school and all-season sale on Saturday.
“We’ve over 20 racks and 6 tables of clothes arrange and prepared for our buyers,” mentioned Linda Confer, a volunteer. “We spend plenty of time sorting by way of donations to verify our clients get good high quality objects. We ask ourselves, ‘Would I put on this?’ earlier than we show an merchandise. And, you’ll be able to’t beat the costs!”
Lynne Johnson, co-chair of the mission and outreach workforce acknowledged, “This summer season has been a trial run for Bargains & Blessings. We’re happy with the preliminary response from the group, however we have already got concepts to make enhancements to succeed in extra folks. We’ll spend our time this fall planning methods to broaden our outreach to fulfill the wants of our neighbors.”
You may help this ministry by purchasing on the retailer, donating gently used garments and footwear, and spreading the phrase. All earnings from Bargains & Blessings will profit outreach inside the group.
Do you’ve gotten an occasion the place you’d think about internet hosting Bargains & Blessings cell thrift retailer (a 20 foot trailer)? Or have you learnt of speedy wants, akin to hearth victims, who may benefit from this ministry? E-mail Joni at email@example.com to debate particulars.
Additionally, look ahead to updates in Howard Happenings on the place Bargains & Blessings will likely be subsequent!