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Agape thrift shop serves all

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By Tracy Harris

The giving spirit in Oldham County extends year-round, not just after natural disasters.

Several charities in the county help furnish needy families with clothing, household items and toiletries.

The Agape Thrift Shop, part of Immaculate Conception Church, moved to a new location in February, more than doubling its previous space, according to Barb Johnson, the church’s business manager.

She said the shop has served the community for more than 30 years as a place for people to purchase clothing and household items at a minimal cost.

Revenue from the store also goes to support outreach assistance programs administered through the church, another way the church gives back to the community.

The church’s pastor, Rev. Anthony Chandler, looked for a perfect location after deciding the store had outgrown it’s previous location on Adams Street in La Grange.

In November, Chandler found the store’s new home — next to Save-A-Lot in the La Grange Square shopping center.

It is the store’s seventh location, Johnson said.

When it opened more than three decades ago, all items were .25, she said, and for years many people knew the shop as “the quarter store.”

Each month, the shop donates clothing and household goods to charities in the area, including the Oldham County chapter of the American Red Cross, RoseHaven Transitional Home, Blessings in a Backpack, Nativity Academy, the Oldham County Ministerial Association and the Good Shepherd Mission in Campton, Ky. 

For more than 25 years, church parishioners Ruth Ann and Raidy Stetson have been familiar faces at the shop, where they continue to volunteer in the store’s new location.

The store accepts donations of clothing and household items during regular hours. Agape Thrift Store is open from 12-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Crestwood, Mission Crestwood operates The Closet out of four storage units in American Mini-Storage at Ky. 329 and I-71.

Crestwood Baptist Church began the clothing ministry in 2008 and expanded it in 2009, providing free clothing for needy families.

There are also nonperishable food items available.

Proof of need isn’t required, although customers are limited to one visit per month.

The Closet is open 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays.

The annual changeover to spring and summer clothing begins March 24, and CBC is looking for volunteers to pack up and hang clothing March 24, March 26, March 29, March 31 and April 2.