A thrift store with a mission
SOUTHAVEN —On the shelves at the Impact Missions Thrift Store at 385 Stateline Road, one can find anything from non-perishable food items to clothing and jewelry — even a four-poster bed marked "$1,000 firm." Shoppers embark on a scavenger hunt of sorts which inevitably leads them to a smiling young woman behind the cash register that enjoys helping people.
The thrift store is located next to Heartland Church in the former Wal-Mart store building.
Funds from the thrift store are generated back into the ministry begun by Impact Missions founder and CEO Dr. David Donaldson more than 30 years ago.
Impact Missions acquired the DeSoto Sunrise Homes for Girls in Hernando in 2002 and established the thrift store in 2004.
Cindy Donaldson, Impact Missions Thrift Store manager, said last year the thrift store served 406 children, 298 women and 150 men.
"There are a lot of people who are hurting right now," Cindy Donaldson said. "We have homeless people who come in off the street. We also have a lot of single moms and people who are just having a hard time."
Donaldson said the thrift store depends on the generosity of churches and other organizations like Brown Missionary Baptist Church, Colonial Hills, and Heartland Church which provides volunteers.
Last year, the thrift store received more than 26 pallets of rice.
"We gave rice to every food bank in the area," Donaldson said. "Anytime we have a lot of stuff we try to share."
"We also do a lot of community service," Donaldson said, adding that "last year we did more than 11,000 hours of community service."
Donaldson said most benefactors are able to deduct contributions from their taxes since the thrift store has non-profit status.
Besides stocking the shelves of the hungry, the ministry also nourishes the spirit.