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Top row, John Hollowell, Gilbert Portela, Lacount Anderson, Max Dixon, Joe Price, Mike Garrett, Anthony Thomas, Sylvester Bynum, John Hamm, Wayne Stephens, Horace Ward, Mike Buus, Chris Battle, Bonnie Hollowell.Bottom row, Sarah Mason, Robin Mincher, Kay Gurgany, Becky Ward, Lynne Walker, Linda Buus, Meredith Holland.

Top row, John Hollowell, Gilbert Portela, Lacount Anderson, Max Dixon, Joe Price, Mike Garrett, Anthony Thomas, Sylvester Bynum, John Hamm, Wayne Stephens, Horace Ward, Mike Buus, Chris Battle, Bonnie Hollowell.Bottom row, Sarah Mason, Robin Mincher, Kay Gurgany, Becky Ward, Lynne Walker, Linda Buus, Meredith Holland.

Thrift store works to help others

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InJoy Thrift Store, located behind Western Sizzlin on 1020 Liberty Lane, has now been open for six months. Their mission is to operate a profitable thrift store for the purpose of raising funds for an International Christian ministry called DOOR International, or Deaf Oppurtunity Outreach, that plants deaf churches internationally. DOOR International is working to produce the first Bible in video form in many of the native languages in places such as China, India and Africa. This ministry receives 50 percent of the profits generated in the store.

The other 50 percent of the profits are distributed to ministries ranging from Rocky Mount to as far north as Roanoke Rapids. Ministries received their portion of the $13,530 from the fourth quarter 2013 profits. DOOR International receiving a like amount of $13,530.

The store opened Aug. 3 and distributed profits from August and September to some of these same ministries in the amount of $8,893, with a like amount of $8,893 going to DOOR International. This distribution took place in late October.

The store further helps the community by providing gently used clothing, furniture, books, shoes, toys, electrical and electronic items, household linens, household wares and appliances at low prices. All the goods that are donated are sorted, inspected, cleaned, priced and stocked on the shelves by volunteers from more than twenty local churches and other community groups and oganizations.

Because of the great response in donations from the community, InJoy also has been able to help many other ministries. The thrift store shared long sleeve shirts with Hispanic Ministries in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Many bags of coats and sweaters were sent to a homeless shelter in Lumberton and local shelters. They have shared clothing with two of the House of Raeford Plants in Raeford and Wallace.

They just sent 26,000 pounds of clothing to the country of Haiti.

There are three ways to help and be a part of helping the community.

Gently used items can be donated by dropping them off at the store or in one of the donation boxed located at Griffin’s Store in Red Oak, in the parking lot of Southside Baptist Church on Highway 97 or on Highway 43 across from West Edgecombe Baptist Church.

People also can help by volunteering to work in the store. It takes many willing hands to handle the volume of goods they have been sent.