Petersburg, Mich., southwest of Detroit, is 150 miles from the ACTION Thrift Store in Saginaw, but when the women of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Petersburg heard that the store needed goods to sell, they went to work.
They filled the narthex of the church with donated clothing, small household items and furniture, dishes, computers and lots of odds and ends. Jean Schluckebier, the thrift store’s volunteer manager, and Mike Alsgaard, from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in nearby Bridgeport, drove to Toledo to pick up a U Haul truck and then to Petersburg to get the goods.
At the church, more than a dozen volunteers pitched in so it took less than an hour to fill the truck. Schluckebier put the lamps, pictures and other delicate items in her own car, which was also filled to capacity. The church contributed $100 towards the truck rental and gas expense. Back at the store, the lamps and furniture sold quickly, said Schluckebier.
On May 17 Schluckebier rented another truck, from Penske this time, to pick up donated goods from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores.
“I hope more churches will be able to help us this way,” said Schluckebier. “We especially need furniture, small appliances in good condition and household items. They sell very quickly and bring in a good profit, which we then use to help the people served by Lutheran Social Services.”
The ACTION Thrift Store opened in 1983. Operated by the volunteers of ACTION for LSSM, the store has generated more than $450,000 for Lutheran Social Services.
If your church or neighborhood organization can help by holding a local collection drive, contact Jean Schluckebier at the ACTION Thrift Store, (989) 755-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.