Athens Thrift will be hosting a grand re-opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served while guests explore the store's new additions.
Athens Thrift was opened by Drew Douglas in 2010 to raise money for charitable causes in Henderson County. Since opening they have given away $677,000 to non profits in the community.
Jamie Henry, the assistant manager, has been with the store for four years.
“We are always looking for volunteers in all phases of life” she said.
Lila Lane Outreach provides volunteers which helps them as they transition into their new lifestyles. They are 100 percent donation based according to Henry.
“We try to keep products very cheap to help as many people as possible.” she said.
They have added more sales floor , and even offer a Christmas store starting in November.
The thrift store annually supports 21 charities. They accumulate proceeds and then split them evenly toward each organization. Groups that have received grants and support are East Texas Crisis Center, Henderson County help Center, Family Peace Project and CASA of TrinityValley to name a few.
The store manager of nine years, Matthew Akin said, “We are doing this because Christ has blessed us and we want to bless others; it's all about Christ.”
Athens Thrift is located at 1419A E. Tyler St. and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. To 5:30 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.