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The MCC Thrift Shop has been open for a couple of days in Fort St. John already, however those with the store officially got things running with a ribbon cutting this morning. The store is off to a good start in the community with $3,700 of sales in the first two and a half days of business.

“Obviously we want to sell and make as much money as we can but this is one place where you make money for others, for the local people that need help,” said Gerd Bartel, Donor Development Director in B.C. “Every dollar that’s made goes to help the poorest of the poor. Those are the kind of people we’re trying to help.”

Board chairperson Andrea Guenther hopes the store will benefit the community through volunteer opportunities, as well as serving the less fortunate and those with goods they would like to get off of their hands.

“We really want to see it as a transition place for a bunch of people in different ways. We want to see the people with stuff meet with the people that need the stuff. That’s the big stitch. We have volunteer positions. We have a program that we’ll be starting in the fall for young people to learn how to do retail, learn how to volunteer, and do things within their community. In other stores across Canada they have people with disabilities working as well. We’d like to slowly incorporate that as we can.”

Those interested in volunteering at the store are encouraged to contact Janet at 787-9783, or by visiting their Facebook page here.

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