Save & Serve keeps it local with sales going to Love INC

Save & Serve keeps it local with sales going to Love INC
Dave Mast

Save & Serve Thrift Shop in Millersburg recently donated an entire day’s worth of sales to Love INC of Greater Holmes County, with nearly $5,000 of sales dedicated to the local organization that serves area families in many ways.

                        

Save & Serve Thrift Shop has long been known for supporting the efforts of Mennonite Central Committee endeavors on a global level with money generated through its sales.

On Saturday, March 20, Save & Serve opted to keep things on a local level.

With Saturdays being one of its busiest shopping days, the Save & Serve board members dedicated 100% of the sales that day to Love INC of Greater Holmes County. The day was a success, generating just less than $5,000 in sales that went to Love INC.

“The board had been talking for some time about doing something like this and keeping a day of sales local,” Save & Serve manager Jenny Hofstetter said. “We did our first one in January, and it was a success, so this is something the board has now talked about doing on a continuing regular basis. We all believe it is important to support MCC, but at the same time, we know how good it feels and how important it is to support locally too. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

According to Hofstetter, Save & Serve made an effort to inform shoppers about the local fundraiser day through advertising and on its Facebook page.

However, they all agreed while supporting MCC is paramount, it also is nice to be able to give back to the community in which they serve.

“There’s something special about giving back to the community and helping meet needs here at home,” Hofstetter said. “It feels good to give back to others here, close to home.”

Throughout past years Save & Serve has given out grants to area nonprofit organizations that are pursuing faith-based projects, so giving back locally is nothing new.

Hofstetter said there are many worthwhile nonprofit organizations in the area, all of which would be worthy of contributing toward, and the board has its work cut out in determining which organization to support. She said the board is diverse and knows where needs are throughout the community, and they felt Love INC was a worthy recipient for its work with area families.

“We recognize that there are many needs out there in our community and that there are a lot of very wonderful organizations working to help others in need,” Hofstetter said. “We really enjoy giving back. We all live here and work here, and we were excited about the idea. Love INC was one organization that we knew would put the funds to good use.”

Love INC of Greater Holmes County director Vicki Conn was excited and humbled to be blessed by Save & Serve’s gesture. She said her organization will pour the funds right back into serving the community.

“What an amazing blessing,” Conn said. “These types of partnerships are so great. It is neat that local entities can come together like this and serve the families in our community the best we can.”

Conn said each organization that reaches out is going to bless many people, which is ultimately the whole idea of service to others. She said the contribution from Save & Serve only reaffirms the county’s commitment to serving and helping others and said the gift also reaffirms the work they are doing in reaching out to families.

“It’s one of those times when we can feel very good about working together toward a common goal,” Conn said. “We are very humbled and blessed that they felt enough about what we are trying to accomplish that they decided to honor us with such a great gift.”


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