GRAFTON—The Grafton Salvation Army is preparing to reopen their stores, to allow folks to come and pick up their next treasure, while helping to support the organizations programs.
According to Salvation Army Captain Denise “Dee” Stewart, the reopening will bring with it a new look in the interior of the building, located at 501 Blueville Drive, Grafton, in Greene’s Plaza.
“Captain Gary has been busy putting a new coat of paint on the inside of the building, to help freshen up the space,” she reported. “We are also working to finish our new layout, that will hopefully make your shopping experience more pleasant.”
The store will reopen its doors on Tuesday, May 26, and will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
“We delayed our grand reopening, if you will, as a way to make sure that we had everything in place to ensure a safer shopping trip,” voiced Captain Dee.
When visiting the family store, or thrift shop as they are commonly known, guests are asked to please wear a mask when possible. When masks are not available to shoppers, they are reminded to adhere to the six-foot social distancing guidelines.
In addition, the Salvation Army will be accepting donations at the store on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“We’re just asking that people come out and shop while being mindful of the new normal as it is in the stores,” said Captain Dee. “Come out and see our whole new look!”
She revealed that money earned through their sales at the retail location is used to pay overhead costs, but anything left over is rolled into the organization’s social services, including their food pantry and utility assistance programs.
While the store has been closed, the Salvation Army remained active taking part in food distributions to those in need. The organization also helped residents who were struggling to keep the lights on, the gas burning and the heat going.
The Grafton Salvation Army works year-round to provide services for residents through numerous programs including fundraising efforts; toy, food, clothing and school supply drives; their annual Angel Tree program; their food pantry; and other various programs.
The Grafton headquarters is responsible for aiding individuals in Taylor, Barbour, and Randolph Counties, and Captain Dee shared that they were blessed to serve numerous residents of each county.
“Once again, we were blessed to be able to provide for families in our three counties. The communities that we serve are always so gracious, and without their support, we would not be able to help those that we do,” Stewart expressed.
Captain Stewart shared that the local branch of the army depends solely on the community’s support in order to obtain the funding necessary to operate each year.
To learn more about the programs that the Salvation Army provides, please visit the Grafton Salvation Army, located at 111 Beech Street or give them a call at 304-265-3565.