By Trey Youngdahl
The Mena Salvation Army Store will have it’s grand re-opening on Thursday, Jan. 13, and attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes.
Founded by British evangelist couple William and Catherine Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army’s mission was to reach out to people who were villainized by the church at the time. It has since developed into an international charity organization that reports a membership of 1.7 million, spanning across 132 countries. Today, they help people with rehabilitation, disaster relief, homeless shelters, food pantries, job training and much more. Stores like the one here in Mena are donation-based, and the profits received go towards funding their charity work.
“When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at our Thrift Stores. And the proceeds are used to fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life,” the official website states.
Now in their newly remodeled store, Mena’s Salvation Army Store is holding a grand re-opening with lower prices on reclaimed items such as clothing, furniture, home decor, wedding dresses, electronics and more. The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prizes include $5 bag sales, where people can fill a bag full of merchandise and only pay $5 for the contents; drawings for Salvation Army gift certificates throughout the day; free gourmet hot dogs from The Walking Dog will be available for the first 50 people who attend. Also, visitors who bring two canned items for their food pantry will receive a dollar off any purchase.
Tune into 104.1 KENA from 10 a.m. to noon this Thursday where The Ouachita Chronicles podcast host Ashley Smith will be doing a live broadcast at The Salvation Army Store to partake in the celebration.