Resale Store Refuses to Give Homeless Man a Coat, Woman Opens Free Shop in Response
A little store in a Hollister, Missouri shopping center is offering the basic needs — clothing, hygiene items and baby supplies — at incredible prices. They’re all free.
The shop, called Selfless Blessings, was started by Andrea Berdine after she witnessed a thrift store turning away a man who asked if he could have one of their coats.
“He wasn’t asking for money,” she told KY3 news. “He was cold, and he was wet, and he needed a coat.”
Like many of us, Berdine was compelled to act. “I found him, gave him a coat… (and) told him how sorry we were, couldn’t believe that happened in our community,” she says.
After posting her frustration on Facebook, a new group was born, wanting to do good for those in need.
Now she runs a shop of her own where people throughout the community come to drop off bags of used clothes and household items so Andrea and her volunteers can give them away.
“We have supporters come in and drop a $10.00 donation and leave with nothing but a hug,” Andrea told the Good News Network. “We have others who come in and leave with bags full of food and toiletries and pay nothing, but a thankful hug.”
“A lot of people told me I was crazy, but crazy has turned into a perfect storm of giving,” she added. “There have been trials as far as funding, but it always seems to come out in the wash.”
The Facebook group is open to all at SelflessBlessings.
(WATCH the inspiring video at KY3.com)
DONATE: (Selfless Blessings, Inc. has applied for, but not yet received, 501C3 non-profit status):
– 153 1st Street, Turkey Creek Junction, Hollister, MO. 65672
– Make cash donations through Paypal or credit card at www.selflessblessings.com.
– Anyone wishing to receive a written acknowledgment of your donation will need to ask for the same at the time of the donation.