Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 26, 2013

Athens Thrift Store seeks donated items

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

ATHENS — First State Bank and the Athens Thrift Store teamed up for a donation Friday morning to help with donations to help serve local charities.

“What they did was they had a companywide gathering this morning (Friday),” Athens Thrift Store CEO Drew Douglas said. “They sent a mass e-mail out to all of their employees and we collected the items in front of the bank this morning.”

First State Bank Assistant Vice President of Marketing Kim Hodges said they had about a week to prepare for the donations this week.

“Steve Moore, who is the executive vice president, was made aware that they were running low on items to sell,” Hodges said. “He came to the employees last week and got an overwhelming response. Everyone wanted to hop on board and help them out.”

Douglas said the Thrift Store is in need of clothes, shoes, books, kitchenware, sporting goods, antiques, building supplies, jewelry, knick-knacks and small and large appliances. He said the store will take any items that would sell in a garage sale.

“We need people to serve on our board, preferably a husband and wife team,” Douglas said. “We need volunteers to help do the every day things.”

He said since the store has opened in 2010, it has given $40,000 to the community through 10 charitable organizations.

Douglas said the store is hoping to give away $20,000 in 2013 and $35,000 in 2014.

“We want residents of the county to know that anything that they give is going to benefit Athens and Henderson County only,” Douglas said. “We give away 100 percent of our net proceeds to local charities.”

Hodges said the main goal for the bank was to get the word out to the community that they can put together a drive of their own to help out the needs of the Thrift store.

“We are glad that we can help bring awareness to the community in order to contact the thrift store and do a drive with their employees,” Hodges said. “We were trying to help them get awareness out to the community. It is a win-win for everybody and the thrift store can turn those goods into cash.”

Donations and volunteers are continually needed and appreciated. Come join them at 1419 A East Tyler St. in Athens or call 903-675-3160.

Douglas said you can also contact manager Matt Akin by cell at 903-681-0858.