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Thrift shop at Arnolia church's profits needy families [Loch Raven column]
Arnolia United Methodist Church's thrift shop is showing positive results, The shop opened in 2011 and sells donated items to the public and uses the profits to help needy people in the community. Currently, using the store proceeds, profit from recycling paper (paper bins on the church's parking lot) and gift money from congregants, they assist nearly 200 families each year providing food, school supplies, toiletries, warm winter accessories, vegetables from the church's garden and money to avoid evictions and BGE turn-offs. Fortunately, due to the success of the shop, they haven't had to limit the number of people served and have been able to increase the amount given to avoid BGE turn offs and evictions. Priscilla Calvert and Jo Anna Funk coordinate the outreach program.
By Sue VanEssen, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 13, 2014