A new thrift store is opening next week to offer affordable
merchandise for families. The Dungannon Development Commission, Inc. is
opening a thrift shop in Gate City. Not only will items for sale in the
store be inexpensive but it provides additional income for the organization
and allows the community to recycle their clothing and wares.
Mountain Treasures Thrift Store officially opens Monday, March 12, from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their new location at 372 West Jackson Street in
Gate City. The store is located adjacent to Scott County Farm Bureau and
across the street from Presley’s Market. Officials are serving light
refreshments, door prizes and free gifts, while they last for customers
while they browse through gently used and vintage items at great prices.
Mountain Treasures Thrift Store is stocked with clothing, jewelry, shoes,
purses, books, linens, household items, artwork and much more will be
available. Everyone is invited to come and buy a treasure. Regular business
hours for the store are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays,
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dungannon Development Commission, Inc. is a non-profit
organization that was founded in 1979. At the heart of its mission statement
is a desire to help local people enjoy a better quality of life. Their
mission is: To be a participatory membership organization that involves
the people in building a better community through providing survival skills,
environmentally sound economic development, affordable and safe housing
and youth empowerment programs. The DDC serves all areas of Scott County
through its many projects and programs. Donations of merchandise to be
resold in the Mountain
Treasures Thrift Store are tax deductible and are accepted during regular
business hours. This is the second thrift store that the commission has
opened. In May 2003, the Dungannon Development Commission opened its first
store in Dungannon. The first store is located beside the Dungannon United
Methodist Church on the main street (Route 65). “Since the store
opened it has proudly served the citizens of Scott County and surrounding
counties,” explained Travis Perry, executive director of the DDC.
“We thank our customers for making the store a success.”
Thursday, March 13, 2003
By Kevin Castle Times-News
GATE CITY - They aren't your normal spring breakers.
They may look like normal college and high school students, out in the
sun with the music and shades on.
But instead of breaking out the suntan oil and the beach balls, these
students are covered with sawdust and Sheetrock powder as they pound nails
and saw boards.
Members of the Maranatha Christian Reformed Church from Cambridge, Ontario,
and students from the universities of Notre Dame and Penn State spent
Tuesday repairing roofs, walls and floors of two homes in Gate City.
The homes are being refurbished as part of a program administered by the
Dungannon Development Commission called the HELP project, which stands
for Housing Enterprises for Low-Income People.
DDC Director Travis Perry said the project, originated in 1992, lets church
organizations and college programs supply manpower for repair projects
for families who meet certain guidelines.
"We have helped hundreds of families, and the number of families who have
requested our services has increased by 42 percent,'' Perry said. "We
determine what families can be helped by using poverty guidelines.''
The University of Notre Dame students participating are part of an annual
offering the institution calls the "Alumni/Student Appalachia Project.''
According to Maranatha youth leader Rob Byma, this marks the fifth journey
from Canada to Scott County the church has made for the rebuilding project.
"It's an eye-opener when you come here, from the landscape to the culture,''
"I remember a quote from a kid who came here last year. He said, ‘You
see how little they have here, yet they're so happy, and we have so much,
and we still complain.'
"That is not at all a reflection on the people, but I can tell you that
when you help someone - no matter who it is - it always makes you feel
better to make someone's life a little better with the work we do.''
Church member Mark Devos made his first visit to Virginia on the trip,
and he said it has been a learning experience.
"The landscape, the people - it's all incredible. As far as the building
aspect, I've never done anything like that, so I've really enjoyed taking
on some new skills, and it's really great to help these folks out,'' said
Sharon Miedema, a youth leader, and Alison Prescott, 17, tackled the chore
of redoing an entire bathroom. "We did a similar project in Mexico last
year, so this has definitely been a change. Instead of going somewhere
warm and sunny, I enjoy going somewhere where I can help someone,'' said
"It is just great to learn the different aspects of life, the experience
of it all, the lifestyle, the way the people here are so laid-back compared
with where we live. But yet when it comes to helping someone, they pull
together, and that is unique.''
Prescott tackled the sink with a fellow church member, along with digging
dirt and replacing baseboards. "I think it took a lot longer than it should
have, but we enjoyed getting in there and getting our hands dirty. Girl
power!'' she said.
Perry said he anticipates 32 homes in the Scott County area will be refurbished
this year with volunteer workers in the HELP program.
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