Vineland Thrift Store's Proceeds Going to Veterans in NeedLast Edited:
A non-profit shop opened earlier this week in Vineland with the goal of helping veterans in need.
“We knew that we had to do something to help the veterans that are falling through the cracks,” said Derick Glenn, CEO and founder of Celebrating Our Veterans.
After his father, an Air Force veteran passed away, Glenn found his calling.
In 2009, Glenn started his non-profit organization, Celebrating Our Veterans, to assist those struggling to get food and clothing by referring them to people and places who were in a position to help.
“I’ve been gone for about 30 years and I moved back home about two years ago," said Kelly Miller, a volunteer with Celebrating Our Veterans. "And I was struggling.”
A disabled Marine Corps veteran, Miller found Glenn, who helped turn her life around.
Now, she’s returning the favor.
“I volunteer," said Miller, "[and] whatever help he needs I’m there for him because he’s always got my back.”
Miller is one of the volunteers who helped set up the new Celebrating Our Veterans thrift store.
One-hundred percent of the revenue will go directly towards Glenn’s mission of helping veterans.
“We opened the doors [on Monday, October 2nd], and it’s been very, very successful,” said Glenn. “Not only have we had quite a bit of shoppers, but we’ve actually been able to help three vets since we’ve been here.”
Every cent made through items purchased at this thrift store — whether it's a piece of furniture, decorations, toys or clothing — will go towards a struggling veteran in the South Jersey community.
“Our main focus is obviously on veterans and active duty military," said Glenn, "but we have been able to help several people here in the community right here at the bus stop.”
On top of lending a helping hand to whomever needs it, Glenn says his prices are affordable.
“When you don’t have much but a few dollars in your pocket, that makes a big difference,” said Miller.
The thrift store's operators are ready to welcome customers as well as donated items at the new shop, as they continue their mission to give back to those who gave for their country.
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