Whatever it might be that’s on your Christmas list this year, Good Neighbor Thrift Store has you covered. From Christmas ornaments and assorted decorations to various toys, clothing and presents to put under the Christmas tree, Good Neighbor is the perfect place to find all your holiday essentials.
And the money made at the store serves a bigger purpose, providing funding for the We Care Mission. In 2018, We Care provided more than $85,000 in assistance for rent, food and electricity to those who qualified for the help.
“We do what we can to help. Our store exists to help those in need,” said Cheryl Fromularo, the manager of the store.
Located at 9025 Navarre Parkway, Good Neighbor Thrift Store is part of the Navarre United Methodist Church. The store began operating in 2009 in a neighborhood, and then in December 2011, Good Neighbor moved to the current location.
Donations always seem to be rolling in, and in fact, there often isn’t room for all of it.
“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.”
All items sold in the store are in good condition. Often volunteers will put in the work to deep clean the items and even fix items before putting them on sale inside the store.
And if you can’t find what you are looking for in the store?
“Just ask,” Fromularo said. “We may have it, but just don’t have the room to put it on the sales floor yet.”
There are times when items that would normally be sold are given away to someone in need.
Good Neighbor provides clothes for foster children that often come in the door with just a small backpack of their belongings.
The store volunteers don’t want any type of thanks for their efforts. They’re simply doing their part to meet the needs of the community and make it a better place to live in.
Clothing vouchers are sometimes handed out as well to those in dire need of a little extra help. It’s one more way Good Neighbor rises to the occasion. But the store couldn’t do it without the community doing the same.
There is a food bank operated by the church’s We Care Mission as well. Food is provided for those in need in the hopes that those people can take their mind off where their next meal is coming from and focus on other aspects of life that will lead to them getting back on their feet.
In addition, Good Neighbor is now going to start assisting people with food stamps.
“Anything we can do to help people get out of a situation and on to something better is what we are all about,” Fromularo said.
Volunteers play a vital role at the thrift store. Good Neighbor has 65-70 volunteers that help out, and the store is always seeking more help.
Many of the volunteers are retired but volunteering at Good Neighbor is a great way for students to pick up community service hours for Bright Futures Scholarships.
If you are interested in volunteering, just drop into the store to find out more information.
Good Neighbor is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Good Neighbor Thrift Store is currently in the planning stages of an addition to the east side of the building.
“We also plan to get involved with an initiative to tie together all the nonprofits that help the homeless, so we know where we can send people for help,” Fromularo said.
The store will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1 to allow volunteers to spend time with their loved ones and to get the store ready to start the new year.
Good Neighbor Thrift Store
9025 Navarre Parkway
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.