Shelter Thrift Stores Provide Assistance to COVID-19 Victims and Community...
As the homeless shelter has been re-purposed over this time to provide hotel assistance due to the COVID--19 virus and shelter-in-place order issued by the governor, the Beacon Rescue Mission decided to leverage their Thrift Store locations and make them double as temporary Food Bank locations for the community.
"We cleared out all the shelter's food pantry and brought the three chest freezers to the thrift stores...we just wanted to do anything we could to help those in need."
Amos Love - Executive Director
The Thrift Stores have also been providing the community with much needed goods such as Hand Sanitizer, Cleaning Disinfectants, and Toilet Paper.
And unlike many companies in the area, who are taking advantage of customers by elevating prices/price gouging, the Beacon stores have provided all of these products at cost. Though a limit is still in place for the quantity of products purchased, the price is fair and the quality is top notch. A local cleaning supply manufacturer has partnered with the thrift store locations to make sure that they do not run out of supply.
Check out the video of Amos running a test on the sanitizer...
Though the crisis is one that the Beacon Rescue Mission, or many of us, have never seen before, it doesn't take them by surprise. Crisis is what the shelter ministry was created to solve and serve for all of these years in Harnett County and the surrounding community. The mission statement is "Our desire is to serve those in need by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Whether the mission serves those "needs" by shelter, food or sanitation products the most important thing is that the community knows that Jesus loves them and wants a relationship with them. "For God so loved the world (that means you) that He gave His Only Son, that whoever (that means you) believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)