Quantcast

Midstate Non-profit group in the 'Bin-ness' of helping - abc27 WHTM

Midstate Non-profit group in the 'Bin-ness' of helping

Posted: Updated:
  • Let's Go PlacesMore>>

  • Camp Hill Couple Honors Civil War Soldiers and Civilians

    Camp Hill Couple Honors Civil War Soldiers and Civilians

    Camp Hill Couple Honors Civil War Soldiers and Civilians

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:17:05 GMT
    Rick and Gay Fitzgerald of Camp Hill believe passionately that our nation's Civil War years are a time to be studied and appreciated. Visitors need only to step inside their ranch-style home to appreciate their passion for American history."Walking through the house is kind of like a small tour of early America," Rick told me during a quick tour of their home."A lot of people will make the comment, our home looks nice house on the outside, but when you walk in, you're back in time."Throughout...More >>
    Rick and Gay Fitzgerald of Camp Hill believe passionately that our nation's Civil War years are a time to be studied and appreciated. Visitors need only to step inside their ranch-style home to appreciate their passion for American history."Walking through the house is kind of like a small tour of early America," Rick told me during a quick tour of their home."A lot of people will make the comment, our home looks nice house on the outside, but when you walk in, you're back in time."Throughout...More >>
  • Pint Size Volleyball in Dillsburg

    Pint Size Volleyball in Dillsburg

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:59:09 GMT
    It's a program that Debbie Rutter discovered five years ago at a volleyball conference. "There are lots of sports that start at ages 4,5,6.," said Rutter, soft-serving a volley ball to one of her fiveMore >>
    It's a program that Debbie Rutter discovered five years ago at a volleyball conference. "There are lots of sports that start at ages 4,5,6.," said Rutter, soft-serving a volley ball to one of her fiveMore >>
  • Gentle Giants of Dog Kingdom invade Lancaster County

    Gentle Giants of Dog Kingdom invade Lancaster County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:21:57 GMT
    The Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center is known for its great accommodations, but last week it went to the dogs. Newfoundland dogs. Six hundred of them from all over the United States and Europe,More >>
    The Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center is known for its great accommodations, but last week it went to the dogs. Newfoundland dogs. Six hundred of them from all over the United States and Europe,More >>

In only its third year in business, the Community Aid thrift store on the West Shore is bustling.

Aisles are crowded with bargain-hunting shoppers, saving money and helping others.

They're looking for wall to wall bargains on used clothing collected from Community Aid drop off bins scattered throughout the Midstate. It's a business started when founder Glenn Chandler was looking to combine his retailing skills with his faith.

"I wanted to serve God and the community and keep everything local," he said. " The proceeds from the resale of used clothing is going to go somewhere. Why not keep it right here in our backyard?"

Mountains of used clothing from the bins are brought to the Mechanicsburg store, or their sister store in Hanover, where they're sorted, separated, priced and put on racks.

"The average garment is about three bucks in the store," noted Chandler. "And only a dollar fifty on Wednesdays . That's half price. You can't beat it."

Proceeds from the sales benefit numerous Community Aid partners that allow the bins to be placed on their properties in exchange for a share of the profits. The Abundant Harvest church in Duncannon is one of those partners and credits Community Aid for doing wonders for the church's Tabitha House program that helps struggling families.

"Tabitha House has reached about seven or eight families in the last two years," noted senior pastor Matt Zang. "And, without Community Aid's financial impact, that number would be reduced to one or two."

Signs with the names of organizations benefiting from Community Aid partnerships are posted throughout the Mechanicsburg and Hanover stores, noting the amount each organization has received to date. That tally of assistance funds continues to grow every month, surprising even Community Aid's founder.

"I never, ever thought that, after three years, we'd be close to giving away 2-million dollars," said Chandler. "That is a remarkable amount."

Out and about, where they're benefiting from bins, I'm Chuck Rhodes for abc 27 News.

Powered by WorldNow