The United Methodist Thrift Store in Glen Rose is no stranger to lending a helping hand to those in need.
Made up of 38 men and women volunteers, the thrift store earns an average of about $250 a day and between $50,000-$60,000 a year, with at least half of the money going back into the community.
The thrift store donates some of its funds to Rainbow Room, Somervell County Food Bank “Papa’s Pantry,” Ministerial Alliance, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
“Ages ago, we even helped pay a funeral for a baby,” thrift store volunteer Brenda Maynard said. “Any of the other organizations if they need help, we try to help them also and, of course, we do help the church.”
The thrift store was established around 1955.
“We had women that worked here who were in their 80s and they loved this store. When it started, they were only open three days a week and they never missed. They were here faithfully. It was quite something for those ladies,” Maynard said.
Maynard started volunteering around 1995 and has been there ever since.
“It was a way to help people and it is a very good feeling,” she said.
The thrift store has blouses, jeans, dress pants, dresses, skirts, suits, T-shirts, shorts, toys and more.
For $5, customers can get a bag and they can put anything they want in it. Most every item in the store is $5 and under.
“If they do not want a bag or cannot afford a bag, if they would just tell us that they need help, we will help them and give them a bag and let them get what they need,” Maynard said.
Another volunteer, Ginger English, said a woman came in last week and wanted to purchase two pairs of pants and three shirts for $5.
“She said, ‘I understand that I can get a bag and get these for $5.’ I said, ‘No, ma’am.’ She looked at me real funny and I said, ‘You don’t have $5 worth. That’ll be a dollar and a half.’ You could see she just lit up and that’s the kind of thing we like to do is make people feel good and help them,” English said.
The store also gives away scholarships. They’ve given scholarships to students who played golf in the past and this year, the store awarded scholarships to two girls whose parents volunteer at the thrift store.
The United Methodist Thrift Store is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“If it wasn’t for the community, we would not be here because they know they can bring their contributions here, that it is recycled and that it goes back into the community,” Maynard said.
“It is hard work, but we love it and it is a big service to people of this community. Many of us are retired teachers so we enjoy finding clothes for children,” English added.