Church Thrift Store Making a Difference
Aggie’s Attic, a mission project of Laurel Park United Method Church, is helping out local charities and improving the lives of families in the community.
The non-profit is a thrift store in the Laurel Park Shopping Center that provides low-priced items that have been donated by the church and other members of the Henrico community to help in need families or other residents in the area. All of the proceeds go to charitable organizations, school programs, or families that have crucial needs.
“It’s a store that is in mission to help others,” said Rev. Dean Pittman of Laurel Park UMC.
Agnes Dalton, a member of the congregation, came to Pittman in June of last year to suggest ways of giving back to the community.
The church opened the thrift store in October of last year after about 16 people of the 37 regular attendees at the church stepped up to help. The store has a wide range of donated goods available such as furniture, beds, books, clothes, knick knacks, non-perishable food items, and household items.
“We needed to be a church that was active in the community,” said Pittman.
All of the proceeds that Aggie’s Attic makes go to local charities. Aggie’s Attic has been able to donate to the Christmas Mother, the Henrico Rescue Squad, Henrico Humane Society, The Food Bank and other organizations.
“We’ve given books to schools having book fairs and helped daycares and the Special Olympics in the region,” Pittman said.
Proceeds from the store recently funded two $500 scholarships to two seniors at the Hermitage Technical Center, and Pittman says the organization plans to give away two more soon.
Besides donating to other non-profits in the area, Aggie’s Attic also provides for families and children in desperate need of clothes, food and other items.
This year it began giving away meals for a weekend to 15 children at Elizabeth Holladay Elementary School and Lakeside Elementary..
“If we know of a need in the community, we try and meet it,” said Pittman.
For the upcoming holidays, the members of Aggie’s Attic hope to give away two $100 gift cards to two families to help them celebrate Christmas.
“We’re trying to find ways in whatever we’ve been blessed with to give back,” Pittman said.
The store isn’t in need of any particular items at this time, but it always needs volunteers. Currently it has only two to four each day.
"The more volunteers we have, the more we can stay open,” said Pittman. The store is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for limited hours.
To donate or become a volunteer for Aggie’s Attic, call Laurel Park UMC at 266-6520 or Aggie’s Attic at 262-5054.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks has several events to offer residents this weekend! Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer at Meadow Farm Museum? Learn more about the African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War at Dabbs House Museum, or check out the Henrico County Adventure Series. The Division of Fire will dedicate the new Fire Station #7 this weekend as well. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
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