Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.  -George Iles

Monday, October 12, 2009

Charitable Thrift Store Suffers

I wanted to share this bittersweet article. I'm really happy to hear that there is a Fibromyalgia thrift store, but sad about the incident. Bless the volunteers hearts who run this organization.

METRO VANCOUVER - Slightly more than a week after the Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation opened a new thrift store in Langley, someone has broken the front window and grabbed some goods, the organization’s founder said Monday.

Cheryl Young said the theft early Saturday morning was ironic because the thieves stole from an organization that helps people in need.

“We’re a charity working for people who don’t have a lot of money,” she said. “They’re on pensions and disability.”

Young said she had run the three-year-old organization out of a 9-by-12-foot area in her mobile home in Langley before moving the office to the 2,000-square-foot location at 109-20631 Fraser Hwy. and opening a new thrift store and drop-in centre there on Oct. 1.

She said the organization had gone through a lot of work to open the new location.

The perpetrators of the early morning theft grabbed $35 in cash from a cash box accidentally left near the window and also stole some pieces of costume jewelry, but the big expense will be the cost to replace the window, said Jason Stratman, a volunteer with the organization.

Volunteers run the organization, which seeks to raise awareness about fibromyalgia and offers support through groups in Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. The charity is funded by grants and donations.

Young said that the Langley RCMP has no suspects in the theft. RCMP Officer Holly Mark wasn’t able to obtain information on the case during the holiday on Monday.

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