Sometimes we overlook the gems in our community that seem to be there in plain sight.
We don’t think of the elderly lady next door, the gentleman down the street, or a lady who has been part of this town for many years.
We just think “Oh that place” that bears a street number, the 4NINE. The lady next door and the gentleman down the street are one of the community members actively doing something positive for North East by volunteering at the 4NINE Thrift store.
That lady being Vicki Stetson, along with many volunteers, has made the 4NINE Place on Smedley Street the most impressive thrift store in the Erie area.
Now at this time in our history of need in America the need for such a place has come into play even more, like a young mother, out of work, as many women are now, needs clothes, shoes etc. for her three children, along with toys for holidays or birthdays, the elderly lady who buys pretty jewelry for the ladies in a nursing home to cheer them up, even when she cannot give them out in person at this time, the hairdresser who hopes she will make it through with a clientele intact, or more important “alive,” who buys holiday decorations to say “cheer up,” smile we will make it, the two gentleman out of work who hope to make a killing on the internet with a treasure they find.
But let’s look at the volunteers, who are there not only when they are open, but early in the day to take off the dock, sort, clean, repair, mend, label, store for holidays, distribute throughout the store, plus cash out and bag with gusto, and the business end, it is a nonprofit but it does not run itself.
The camaraderie is palpable, the laughter, the smiles, the company ship is always there.
Giving and caring cannot be anything but positive with a really good feeling thrown in.
Where do all the donations come from?
You, the caring North East community, and surrounding area.
We are so lucky, even when we don’t realize it. Lucky North East, I love it.