Thrift store takes everything in exchange for hope

SUN PHOTO BY TOM CHANG Marc Marois, president of Giving Hope Thrift Store in Englewood, accepts all donations including clothing, home fixtures and accessories and media. The store is located at 1851 Englewood Road. For more information, call 941-460-8110.

ENGLEWOOD — Marc Marois will take anything you don’t need and will make sure someone else puts it to good use.

Marois is president of Giving Hope Thrift Store, an Englewood nonprofit that opened in March.

“We help people who are in transit from the streets to a house or something like that,” he said. “I’ll give them furniture and different belongings. I sell TVs for $5 (at the store) and if someone (in transition) moves into a place, I give it to them. We don’t make anything. It’s just something we do to help out people.”

Marois, a Venice resident, said he picked west Englewood because of the convenience of its location — where it can help Englewood, Venice and North Port residents.

“We’ll take anything,” he said. “Some places don’t take stuff that’s slightly used, but we take it in. We do lower and higher end. We’ll have half-bottles of shampoo come in, conditioners, fingernail clippers, manual can openers, rain gear, camping gear … it all goes here.”

Whatever money is made goes to help pay for usage of the facility. Marois said he wants to have at least two more stores and a shower facility for the homeless.

Marois has two paid staff members and five “major” volunteers.

The majority of items the store receives in donations are clothes and “knickknacks.” In addition to helping the homeless, the store also received donations that went to help seniors.

“We get some furniture in,” he said. “We have antiques in here some people have donated.”

Marois said while the current location is a dedicated store, he is looking for volunteers to help apply for grants and provide financial advising for clientele.

“We’re getting known in the community with the Realtors here,” he said. “We’re getting the word out.”

Marois said the store is working with Venice churches including St. Marks Episcopal Church, Church of the Angels and Trinity Presbyterian Church.    Giving Hope Thrift Store is located at 1851 Englewood Road.

For more information, call 941-460-8110.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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One Response to Thrift store takes everything in exchange for hope

  1. Rob La Rocca says:

    Great story! Very cool.

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