Carthage philanthropists and bargain hunters alike will be pleased to hear about the Thrifty River.
Joining the River Street Ministries outreach to the community, the Thrifty River made its debut to the Square June 1, providing opportunities to donate to those in need and shop a variety of items and clothing for all ages.
“It's quality products for reasonable prices that benefits the pantry that feeds those in need,” said Regina Shank, leader at the pantry. “Everyone who finds out about (the store) are pretty happy about it. They like the friendly atmosphere when they walk in – we've had a good response from the community so far.”
The Thrifty River has clothing for men, women, children and infants, shoes, belts, purses, household items, home décor, books, toys, furniture and much more. The store will accept donations for not only the store, but food items for the pantry. Shank said anything and everything with a long self-life is accepted with great appreciation.
“We feed 100 families every Wednesday, and they receive a hot meal and a box of food to take home,” Shank said.
Helping operate the Thrifty River with a warm smile and colorful promotions is Kim Scott.
“I just love it,” she said of the River Street Ministries. “I was feeling a need to help with something somewhere, especially after the tornado, and this just came along.”
The Thrifty River is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, located in the former Mom and Pop Shop on the west side of the Square. For more information on the Thrifty River, visit thethriftyriver.org, and see their Facebook page. There are currently promotions for both websites: when the Thrifty River reaches 50 likes on Facebook, there will be a drawing for store credit, and for those visiting the store's regular website, there is a downloadable coupon.