By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Residents of the Tug Valley area will again be able to shop at a local Salvation Army Thrift Store in the near future.
Lt. Ryan Vincent of the Salvation Army serves the counties of Logan, Mingo and Boone. He said he is pleased to announce to the residents of Mingo and neighboring Pike County, Ky., that the thrift store will reopen in its former location on Pike Street in downtown Williamson, adjacent to the Social Security Administration offices.
Although considerable repairs and renovation must be completed prior to reopening for business, Lt. Vincent told the Williamson Daily News that the projected date for opening the doors is currently somewhere around the end of June or early July.
A water line break occurred in the upstairs of the building that resulted in damage to both floors. Once the downstairs is renovated, repairs will begin on the upstairs portion that Vincent plans to use to display furniture, appliances and larger donated items.
Vincent encourages the public to clean out their closets and save their clothing donations for the Salvation Army, which will need quite a few items when the thrift store reopens. All household items that are in working order and furniture and appliances that are gently used are also being accepted.
Donations may be dropped off at the Pike Street location on Friday, May 2, between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. A date will be announced for the June drop-offs as soon as it is scheduled.
“What sets the Salvation Army thrift stores apart from others is that 84 cents out of every dollar we make goes right back into the community. The money is used for various programs, including one that send meals home with school children who otherwise wouldn’t have anything to eat in the evenings or on the weekend. The remaining 16 cents of each dollar is applied to our administrative costs,” Vincent said.
The Salvation Army gives assistance with utility bills for the low-income, and also provides lodging, clothing and food for people in emergency situations such as fires or floods. The organization believes that helping those in need is of great importance and prides itself on being there to lend a helping hand.
Vincent said he plans to hire two to three people to work in the thrift store, and will be passing out applications on May 2, as well as accepting resumes from those who have them.
For more information about making donations to the Williamson Salvation Army Thrift Store or applying for employment, contact Lt. Vincent at his Logan County office by calling 304-792-1147.