Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The inspiring story behind one local thrift store.

For those of you that don't know me, I am a thrift store fanatic. Let's just say I get chills when I come across amazing deals - particularly one-of-a -kind vintage treasures. While living out in LA, I stumbled across one adorable Santa Monica thrift store, "Cherry Picked". But what made this diamond in the rough stand out was the inspirational story behind it.....

"How do you manage to keep it so clean and organized in here?" I asked the woman behind the counter. 

"We are very lucky to have some amazing volunteers," she replied. 

After further investigation, I discovered that the store is tightly connected to the Harvest Home - a pregnant women's shelter down the road in Venice.

Situated in the heart of Venice, the Harvest Home provides a warm, stable environment where women facing a crisis pregnancy can seek refuge. Its' vision: to transform the lives of homeless, pregnant women and their children by identifying and overcoming the root causes of homelessness, and by promoting physical and emotional health, spiritual growth, and financial independence.

"We donate a portion of our earnings to the home and give the women any baby clothes/toys they need. In return, some of the women help us out by working here," the Cherry Picked representative continued.

In addition to food, shelter and clothing, Harvest Home provides a comprehensive program aimed at helping homeless pregnant women regain their independence, both emotionally and financially.

"As the moms prepare to enter the workforce, we offer further support by donating business attire from the store," she continued. "It's a great partnership and so wonderful to watch these women succeed,"

As we embark on the holidays, I encourage you all to donate your unused clothes and baby items to local thrift stores like Cherry Picked. As much as I love the thrill of finding treasures in these stores, it warms my heart to know that my favorite hobby is helping someone in need. 

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