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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.


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Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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