The Thrift Shop has been a bit down on lately. His store along Highway 90 in Richmond is in danger of closing.
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — If you believe in karma, then good things are on the way for a nonprofit in Fort Bend County.
The thrift store was a bit unlucky. His shop is in danger of closing. If the store near Highway 90 in Richmond closed, it would affect a lot of people.
Since 1997, the non-profit organization (Youth Assistance Thrift Shop) has stood by the community.
“We’re here to love people and make life a little easier,” said manager Cheryl Nicklas.
The shop was started by Nicklas’ parents. He now handles day-to-day operations. There are really cool things in store at low prices.
“Whatever you can find in your home … you can find in this building,” he said. “We still sell our dresses for $2 each,” Nicklas said.
They also give out some items for free. They help those facing some of life’s toughest times, including house fires, floods, and even women fleeing dangerous living conditions.
“We’ve had women (enter the store) who have had to leave their states in the middle of the night with nothing but their kids and their car,” Nicklas said.
They also help with Thanksgiving meals, local schools and prisons.
“We just give them a hug and give them what they need and send them on their way,” Nicklas said.
However, things have been a little slow lately.
“We just need more people to know we’re actually here,” Nicklas said.
They fell behind on bills due to lack of customers.
“We’re $4,000 late on the lease and, obviously, it’s due again in June,” Nicklas said.
They received an eviction letter on Monday.
“We don’t want to have to move because if we’re not here, there’s an abundance of people who are going to lose,” Nicklas said.
It’s hard for Nicklas to ask for what she’s been given so freely.
“There are so many people that we help and if we’re not here, they’re not going to get it,” Nicklas said.
The nonprofit hopes that what happens comes along and gets what it needs.
“There are some people who should be serving and some people who aren’t. We are the servers,” Nicklas said.
If you’d like to help the store stay afloat, you can shop at The Thrift Shop or you can find out more about donating money by clicking here.
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