Stanton Thrift Store Struggling To Survive

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

STANTON - A local thrift store in Stanton is struggling to survive. They're in danger of shutting their doors. NewsWest 9 found out it's all because they can't find volunteers.

"The store has been here about 17 to 18 years," Volunteer, Charlotte White, said.

The Martin County Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop has been apart of the community for many years. But just recently they have run into some problems. as they don't have enough volunteers to run the thrift shop.

"We were open five days a week but it just has dwindled to three and sometimes two," Volunteer, Patsy Gregg, said.

"We have lost some volunteers some through moving but some of our older ones have passed away," White said.

The thrift shop not only sells items at good prices but they also help out the community.

"All the monies are donated to EMS, the Martin County Hospital. We also provide two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at Stanton and Grady," White said.

Volunteers don't want to close the doors for those in need. But without the extra hands to keep them running, they don't really have a choice.

That's why they are asking for help.

"We feel like, and the people in the community feel like, because they have asked us not to close the store down, they feel like it's a viable part of the community and it's a needed thing. That's the reason why we are trying to keep it open," White said.

If you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time, you can contact the thrift store in Stanton at (432) 756-2898.