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St. Vincent de Paul promotes shopping for a cause
by Christine Fonville
April 15, 2014 03:46 PM | 2885 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Garry Pryor, Beverly Hart and Nancy Minkoff inspect clothing donations at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Chamblee.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Garry Pryor, Beverly Hart and Nancy Minkoff inspect clothing donations at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Chamblee.
Chamblee is known for its unique assortment of antique and thrift stores, but the volunteers at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 5463 Peachtree Road in Chamblee, said the store is a “hidden gem.”

“Although we’ve been a part of the Chamblee community for about 15 years now, we still have shoppers that come to the store for the first time and are surprised at the high-quality clothing and furniture items they can find here,” said Assistant Manager Garry Pryor.

The Chamblee location, along with nine other stores in the Atlanta area, including a Stone Mountain site at 4871 Memorial Drive, offers clothing, furniture, kitchen appliances, mattresses and other household necessities at discounted prices.

Many of the items are brand new and Director of Marketing and Communications Tammy Hawk said the draw to donating at a Society of St. Vincent de Paul store is knowing those items will go directly to helping the surrounding community in need.

“When items are sold in a particular store, the profits go back to the community it is in, so something sold here in Chamblee benefits the people in Chamblee,” she said. “Through our family support centers, if a family is in need of clothing or household items, they can come into their local store and choose what they need free of charge.”

Hawk said donated items that do not make it into the store get packed and shipped to people in need overseas or recycled to contribute to the nonprofit’s revenue.

“Donors like knowing that everything they give will actually be used to help others,” she said.

Hawk and Pryor said they have been overwhelmed by the support of Chamblee residents throughout the years.

“We’ve had people move and ask us to bring by a truck because they literally donated all of the furniture in their homes,” Pryor said. “We’ve also had people donate items like food and diapers, all of which go directly to our family support centers or food pantries.”

Now, Hawk and Pryor said they want to spread the word about the store to as many residents as possible.

“We have a constant rotation of new materials for a great price,” Pryor said. “We want to use our ability to connect with others to let our residents know that it’s all about people helping people right here in Chamblee.”

Last year, the nonprofit served about 155,000 Georgia residents, delivered $6.3 million in direct financial aid and about $1.4 million in food, clothing and household goods to people in need.

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