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Local thrift store giving away free coats

By Karissa Manis, Producer, kmanis@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 10 2013 09:25:50 PM CST
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -

The Community Help Center Thrift Store, located on 612 W. Main Street in Jonesborough, is feeling generous. "We try to do something a little different to get some people in and get them familiar with who we are, what we're here for," says manager Holly Hummer.

The thrift store is holding a 'Cozy Coat Giveaway' for the month of January.
"We've been collecting a lot of coats to give away in winter to make sure everybody has a warm coat," says employee Jim Dotson.


They're giving away one coat per person, and each additional coat only costs 1 or 2 extra dollars, and this isn't the only special they are having.
"We're doing 25 cent shoes and sneakers all weekend," says Hummer.

But this non-profit organization offers so much more. This thrift store is one of two locations, their home office, located in Sulfer Springs, helps people in Washington County, Tennessee who have faced tragedy.
"Supply clothing to the disasters like Dry Creek, floods, tornados a couple of years ago, and just general individuals that need help," says Dotson.
Hummer continues, "They have a food pantry as well as clothing closet. People can go up to the office to get assistance and they do offer some other things for people in the community."

The good thing, all of the money they make at the Jonesborough location, is given back to the community.

They're open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m.

We're told they're always looking for volunteers and donations.

For more information, their website is communityhelpcenter@embarqmail.com