There's a new store in southwest Virginia, but it actually helps those in need. It's run by Abingdon Ecumenical Faith In Action. It opened Wednesday and even before doors opened for the first time, there was a line of eager shoppers waiting in the rain.
Bargain hunters were busy picking new outfits and unknowingly raising money one outfit at a time. Ecumenical Faith In Action opened its doors for the first time at their New Life Exchanging clothing ministry. "This space here is actually donated by the Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church, they are not charging us anything to use this space," said Sharon Sipperley with Ecumenical Faith In Action.
The charity has always had a clothing ministry, but they had to move out of their old space. After six weeks of hard work, they'll be able to help even more since every penny goes to help the hungry in Washington County, Virginia. "The food pantry feeds families in Washington County they go in and can get a supply of food every month. The stocks there are running low because donations are running low," added Sipperley.
With certificates, families registered to get help from the charity's food pantry will be able to buy clothing as well.
It's not always about people shopping for themselves. "We're shopping for some guys who are a part of Riverplace and some homeless individuals that need clothing," said shopper Stan Green.
Picking up some shirts, jeans, and boots, Stan Green spent nearly $40 and will be able to help about seven men, which will go a long way. "[There's always] a shortage, always and this is some good quality stuff we found, so it will bless these guys," said Green.
Ecumenical Faith In Action hopes to help 500 to 600 families with this new shop, but they're in desperate need of children's clothing. Donations can be dropped off at their headquarters on Hillman Highway in Abingdon.