Good Neighbor Thrift Store manager Cheryl Fromularo has seen the need for help rise this winter, be it for food, for clothing or other forms of assistance.
“We do what we can to help. Our store exists to help those in need,” Fromularo said.
The thrift store, located at 9205 Navarre Parkway, is part of United Methodist Church and the money made at the store helps support the We Care Mission. The mission provides help with rent, food and electricity to those who qualify for assistance.
This past year, We Care provided more than $85,000 in assistance. That number is staggering. And it points to how valuable donations to the store from the community really are.
“Our community is so generous,” Fromularo said. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without having those donations to sell in the store.”
Good Neighbor is fortunate that it only sells items in good conditions. Volunteers at the store often work to clean up, and sometimes fix up, donated items before they go on sale in the store.
Sometimes items that would normally be sold are given away to someone in need of one badly. Or a clothing voucher will be handed out.
“We are lucky that we have the ability to do that if needed,” Fromularo said. “The community support we get is outstanding and they don’t realize how much of a difference they make with their donations.”
The food bank that is operated by United Methodist Church is beneficial to people as well. Fromularo said it’s in place to provide food for those in need in the hopes that will allow them to focus on other aspects of life, such as finding a job and getting back on their feet.
Customers who want to shop in the store will find almost anything they are looking for. Silverware, dishes, glasses, sheets, blankets and even lamps and kitchen appliances. Books, tables, toys and television stands can also be found in the store.
Random sales take place each month and there is a mid-month madness sale scheduled for Feb. 15. Everything is 50 percent off that day. People can check out more about the store on the Good Neighbor Facebook page.
Fromularo said there is always a need for volunteers as well. It’s a great way for students to earn community service hours for Bright Futures Scholarship candidates.
Anyone interested in volunteering can stop in and ask for the manager. All volunteers are asked to work one three-and-a-half-hour shift per week.
The store is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
And if there is anything a customer can’t find while in the store, don’t just walk out.
“Just ask,” Fromularo said. “We may have it but just don’t have the room to put it on the sales floor yet.”
Good Neighbor Thrift Store
9025 Navarre Parkway
Mon-Fri: 9-4; Sat. 10-2