GRAFTON—The holiday season will soon be upon us, and folks have begun to compile their wish lists for this Christmas. The Salvation Army Family Store offers the perfect place to find a great gift at a reasonable price.
The store, which will be operating under new hours for the fall, has a little bit of everything for shoppers to choose from.
“We have changed our days of operation for the fall,” revealed Salvation Army Captain Denise “Dee” Stewart. “We will now be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.”
She noted that the store’s donation days would still be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
With a fresh coat of paint and a new layout for a more pleasant shopping experience, the Salvation Army’s Family Store, located at 501 Blueville Drive, Grafton, in Greene’s Plaza, is ready to welcome guests to scour their shelves and racks to find their next treasure.
“We have a good selection of inventory that has been looked over by our workers to ensure that it meets the quality standards set forth by our corporate office,” Stewart voiced. “All of our items are offered at a great price, making this the perfect place to shop.”
Because there are millions of people all over the world who love to bargain hunt for treasures and who love to find an item to refurbish at a great price, the Salvation Army does their part to help keep various items in stock at their locations, including clothing, housewares, toys, books, movies and other goods.
“These items have been donated through the generosity of community members,” Stewart noted. “Our community has been great with donating to the store, and we are extremely grateful for that.”
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.
“We’re just asking that people come out and shop while being mindful of the new normal as it is in the store,” said Captain Dee. “We work to ensure that we are properly cleaning and sanitizing our store for the safety of not only our workers but the community at large.”
The monies collected from purchases at the store are used to pay the store’s overhead, including paying the employees, rent, utilities and fees to the state, just to name a few.
“Once all of the overhead is taken care of, if we have a profit, that money is rolled into our social services programs, which include utility and food assistance,” Stewart reported. “And because of the pandemic, we have definitely seen an increase in both of those areas.”
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 expressed that they were blessed to serve numerous residents of each county.
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, and one way that the community is able to help out is by shopping their inventory at the family store.
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.