Brownwood’s Bringing Hope Thrift Store is conducting a school supply drive this month as Brown County students prepare to return to class in August.
The thrift store is currently accepting monetary donations as well as supplies, hygiene items and clothing. Donations can be made on the Bringing Hope Facebook page or in person at its new location, 720 W. Commerce St.
Bringing Hope moved into its Commerce location early last month after leaving its former home just around the corner on Beaver St.
Amanda Sharp owns and operates Bringing Hope Thrift Store. She described her shop as a ministry for low-income residents, and offers all clothing items for 50 cents apiece.
“As part of the drive, we’re letting people sponsor a child for $5,” Sharp said. “All our clothes are 50 cents, so just $5 is enough to buy five new outfits for every child.” Sponsored children will receive a clothing voucher and will be able to choose clothes they like.
Sharp said the donated supplies will be given away to students during an August ceremony at the store.
“Hygiene items are very important, too,” Sharp said. “Pencils, notebooks, rulers — we’ll be happy to accept it all, and it will go to help some very deserving kids here in the area.
“We let the Lord guide us in everything we do. I’m excited about this drive and our new location. I think He’s going to do big things with us here,” she said.
The Bringing Hope Thrift Store Facebook page has a link to donate to the back to school give-away, and has set a $500 fundraising goal. The store can be reached for more information at 325-642-4751.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.