The Culpeper Salvation Army will now have more money to do more good.
The Salvation Army moved its thrift store location to 501 Meadowbrook Shopping Center in an effort to free up money for other programs.
The nonprofit saved approximately $4,000 by downsizing to the 3,000 square foot storefront that used to belong to Jenkins Rentals.
According to Lt. Jared Martin, the Salvation Army’s last location was 7,000 square feet that they rented for approximately a dollar a square foot. By moving to a smaller location they are still able to offer the same amount of clothing, but may have less furniture.
“Thrift stores are so much fun because every time you come in feels like a treasure hunt,” Martin said. “This building was like a treasure hunt for us too. The Salvation Army has a promise to do the most good. When people shop with us, I want to make sure we spend as much as we possibly can helping the people that are need.”
Martin pointed out that when shoppers come to the Salvation Army, they “shop for good.”
“When you shop here, you make a difference,” Martin said. “You’re not just buying clothes, you’re giving people a chance to change their lives. All the profits we make at the store we put back into our social services. Every purchase you make makes a lasting difference in someone’s life.”
Funds raised at the thrift store help send kids to the summer camp Camp Happyland, provide utilities assistance, help fund their Angel Tree program and help purchase food for the Salvation Army’s food pantry.