By Justin Pryor
Posted: Sept. 21, 2010 11:15am
The Palmetto Thrift Store and Gift Boutique in Columbia may look like a typical thrift store, but it is doing something very unique.
Fifty percent of all proceeds from sales at Palmetto Thrift Store are donated to the Children's Chance Organization. Children's Chance is the only statewide non-profit organization designed to assist children with cancer and their families solely with non medical needs.
"It is such a great organization. There are so many families that need their services when they have children that come down with cancer and have to go through treatment," says Lisa Rivera, Manager of Palmetto Thrift Store. "A lot of times a parent may have to stay home and may lose their job, so that's where Children's Chance steps in."
This commitment is what keeps customers like Heidi and Virginia Charlton coming back.
"I know that my money here is going to a good cause. I know at Goodwill they help people with jobs, but having children myself I just feel like it's better that my money goes here," said Virginia Charlton.
The Palmetto Thrift Store sells everything from hair bows, to costumes, to your typical shirts and pants, and Rivera says the store will accept almost any donation.
"We accept just about anything that is re-sellable like clothes, furniture, and even house ware," said Rivera.
The store has been dedicated to serving its customers and the children since it opened back in November 2007.