SPOTLIGHT: Good Neighbor Thrift Store
Good Neighbor is an asset to the Navarre community
Good Neighbor Thrift Store is an asset to the Navarre community.
Whether it’s clothing for back to school shoppers at a bargain price, gift ideas for the holidays or finding household items such as furniture, dishes and even electronics, Good Neighbor has you covered.
And the money made at the store serves a bigger purpose, providing funding for the We Care Mission, which, in 2018, provided more than $85,000 in assistance for rent, food and electricity to those who qualify 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, the store is part of the Navarre United Methodist Church. Donations always seem to be rolling in, and in fact, a lot of the time there 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 clean up and even fix items before putting them on sale inside the store.
There are times when items that would normally be sold are given away to someone in need. There was one instance where the thrift store stepped up and helped a military family that had been affected by Hurricane Maria when it hit Puerto Rico.
Donations were gathered from community members and other items were donated by the store itself to help the family enjoy a smoother transition back home to the states.
The store didn’t want any type of thanks for its effort. It was simply doing its 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.
“We are lucky we have the ability to that if needed,” Fromularo said. “The community support we get is outstanding and they don’t realize how much of a difference they make with their donations.”
There is a food bank operated by the church at the store 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.
Good Neighbor is more than just a thrift store. It wants to do more for others to help them set the tone for success, be it computer training or empowering people to get ahead.
“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 big part at the thrift store as well, and the store is always seeking more help. All that is asked of them is to work at least one three and a half hour shift per week.
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 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
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.”
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