Thrift store helps Faith Harvest

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A new thrift store opening in Yelm is the result of divine inspiration.

Chuck Marchand quotes scripture when asked about the motivation behind Harvest Community Thrift, which opens soon at 303 Creek St., Suite C4.

Matthew 25:40 is a prime example. The verse reads, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

The Bible is rife with scripture like that, which implores Christians to help their less fortunate brothers and sisters, Marchand said.

In that vein, Harvest Community aims to be more than just a store.

Harvest Community Thrift’s primary purpose is raising money for Faith Harvest Helpers, an interdenominational nonprofit organization dedicating to feeding the hungry locally and globally.

One of Faith Harvest’s biggest costs is the diesel needed to transport food, Marchand said. He hopes that’s one of the costs proceeds from the thrift store can help defray.

Marchand said Harvest Community doesn’t see itself as competition for any of the other thrift stores in town. Rather, it plans to cooperate with them, giving any excess donations they receive to Habitat for Humanity, Yelm Community Services and Goodwill.

“We support all of that stuff,” he said. “We don’t look at ourselves as competition. It’s not in our minds to be competitive.”

“We’re not about making money and getting rich. We’re about serving.”

In addition to thrift store staples such as gently used (or, in some cases, new) clothes, books, tools, toys, furniture and appliances, Harvest Community will stock crafts culled from Marchand’s work with Mayan people in Guatemala.

Those include jade jewelry, lamp shade beads, sterling silver jewelry and wire-wrapped jewelry made by Guatemalan orphans.

An upper room in the thrift store will be used to provide free counseling for people in crisis situations, Marchand said.

Several local pastors have already expressed interest in providing services to people who are suicidal, struggling with substance abuse, or experiencing marital or financial problems.

The store will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Marchand said people will be at the store 6:30 a.m. weekdays so people can donate items on their way to work. In addition to tax donation receipts, they’ll have coffee and donuts waiting for people who donate in the morning, he said.

He also said several local businesses have given him coupons to hand out to people who donate.

If people have large amounts of items to donate, thrift store volunteers can come pick them up, Marchand said.

The exact opening date hasn’t been set yet, but Marchand said he expects the store to open within the next week or so. The store plans to have a grand opening celebration.

Marchand said the store needs volunteers and paid employees who can work at least 30 hours per week.

People interested in helping out can call Marchand at 360-870-7502.

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