On a mission

At Harvest Thrift stores, all profits go to youth ministries, community service

By KELLEY MOHR Staff Writer Published:

With locations in Sugarcreek, Wilmot and Killbuck, the Harvest Thrift Stores have a mission to provide quality merchandise to support local and international missions, honoring God with compassion and integrity while assisting employees and volunteers to reach their full potential.

At the nonprofit Harvest Thrift Stores, "all profits go to youth ministries, mission trips and if there are situations in the community, we help out with that, too," explained Sugarcreek Harvest Thrift Store Manager Holly Lehigh. "As for the store in Killbuck, those funds all stay in the community to help the community."

Those proceeds stay in Killbuck to assist needy families and troubled teens, as well as go to fund local mission trips, explained Killbuck Store Manager Heather Mackey.

The stores carry fine quality donations, antiques, crafts and new products.

"There is nothing we don't carry," explained Lehigh. "We have electronics, clothes, household goods, decorative items, furniture -- anything that is donated."

As there are always treasures to be found in the store, "It's like Christmas every day," she added.

That treasure could be a pair of ice skates in the perfect size or a set of dishes for the dining room. It's all waiting at one of the three store locations.

With everything from home goods, clothing, baby products and toys to kitchen supplies, purses, shoes, glassware, books and more, Harvest Thrift Stores are stocked with a great selection of second-hand and gently-used merchandise.

In order to serve the local community and support missions around the world, Harvest Thrift Stores are always looking for wvolunteers.

Volunteers can work for the short-term or the long-term, said Lehigh.

"We're always in need of more volunteers," she explained. "Some volunteers have been here since the (Sugarcreek) store opened (seven years ago), while others are more temporary."

For example, wyouth groups or teens who wish to go on mission trips will volunteer hours at the store, with their earnings funding the mission trip project.

To help in another way, people interested in donating can do so at any of the swtore locations -- in Sugarcreek, Wilmot or Killbuck -- during business hours or at the store's shed. Or, donations can be dropped off at eight designated boxes located around the county bearing the logo of Harvest Thrift Stores.

The store in Killbuck, which first opened in October and held its grand opening in December, is already doing very wwell.w

"We've had a lot of traffic, a lot of people coming in and dropping off donations," said Mackey. "A lot of people are bringing donations and a lot of the merchandise is being sold. I'm very surprised how quickly it's picked up."

For more information or to visit the nearest Harvest Thrift Store, go to http://www.harvestthriftstore.com/ or call 330-852-7467.

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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