The First West Thrift Store, a ministry of First West, announced that they have invested over $90,000 through its partnership with local charities and non-profit organizations in the last budget year.
“We believe that local transformation is key for our area,” said Phillip Thigpen. Thigpen serves as the Thrift Store’s Manager. “God has blessed us with the ability to sale second-hand items from many generous donors. It’s our responsibility to turn those dollars into tangible change for our community. We are blessed to be a blessing to Northeast Louisiana.”
The store sells gently used items that have been donated. The store moved to it’s new location in the Transform Center on Mill Street and has seen a spike in donations.
“It’s unbelievable what God has done here. People keep bringing their items here and it’s such a blessing. We get to help people with great prices. We’ve helped families after house fires or flooding. Ultimately though, it’s our heart that our customers will have life-changing conversations about Jesus with our staff and volunteers,” said Thigpen.
The store invests into the American Red Cross, Broaden Horizons, the Children’s Coalition, Christian Community Ministries, City of Refuge, the Desired Street Shelter, Grace Place, Kids Hope, Life Choices, Mercy Ministries, Project 41, Project HELP, Rays of Sunshine, XMA (Extreme Missionary Adventures), and 88.7FM the Cross.
“It’s a privilege to serve the people of Northeast Louisiana,” said Michael Wood, First West’s Lead Pastor. “Our church has a heart for those who are in need. I am thankful to the partnerships we have with these local ministries and nonprofits. It’s such an encouragement to know that the story of Jesus and His mission is flourishing because of the work of these groups.”
The store is budgeting a nearly $200,000 charitable investment for the 2015-2016 budget year.
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