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Lucky Finds Thrift Shop will mount effort to help out food agencies


Philanthropy— Manager Stacie Morrell starts project to organize mutually-beneficial events for local nonprofits

Nonprofits that stick together, thrive together. At least according to Stacie Morrell, manager of Lucky Finds Thrift Shop.

“Nonprofits are stronger together than separate,” Morrell said. So she is starting a new project that will benefit everyone involved. The first installment is a food drive to benefit Newberg F.I.S.H. “It’s a new thing we’re doing in an effort to network with other nonprofits and help them out.”

Luck Finds is operated by Chehalem Youth and Family Services, a venture started in 2011 to add a more consistent revenue stream.

“We’re hoping to benefit us by making some sales and benefit F.I.S.H. by getting them some food,” she said.

The food drive started Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Anyone can bring in between one and three food items and receive a discount on their purchases: 20 percent for one item, 30 percent for two and 40 percent for three donations. Although additional donations are accepted, for either F.I.S.H. or Lucky Finds, there is a three item maximum per family person.

“(But discounts) are off the whole thing,” she said. “You can make a pile, you get a discount off the pile. You get one thing, it’s a discount off that one thing.”

Donations need to be nonperishable food items and will be deposited in barrels at the store.

“If I got three of those full I’d be pretty happy,” she said.

Items specifically needed by F.I.S.H. include chili, pork and beans, corn, green beans, tuna, soup, fruit, tomatoes and refried beans. As for dry goods, beans, oatmeal, cereal and flour are in demand. Packaged items including macaroni and cheese; peanut butter and oil are also needed.

Morrell said she’s already thinking about the next project to start organizing with other local nonprofits.

“I’m thinking about doing one with Love INC for the things they need for their ministries,” she said. “Like over the counter medications and the kitchen ministry and things like that.”

For more information about Lucky Finds, visit http://myluckyfinds.com.