New Thrift Store Helps Out Those In Need

Young volunteers from the Main Street United Methodist Church Bible School spent their morning tagging merchandise and straightening up at the Hancock Thrift Store.

The Highway 90 Thrift store is run by the Hancock County Ministerial Alliance, a group of pastors who wanted to find a way to build a Hancock County Emergency Relief Fund.

"In the case of someone whose had a fire or something, we're glad to have them come in and pretty much help themselves to clothes or whatever they might need," Alliance President Jeb Banashak said.

However, the money raised from selling thrift merchandise will be used to provide vouchers get help with temporary lodging, food and medicine. They may also be able to provide some financial assistance.

"If we generate the kind of revenue we'd like to generate with it, we'd like to make revenue available for electric bills and rents that are emergency situations as well," Banashak said.

"First of all it's our Christian obligation to help others, but it's also a joy to be able to help somebody whose down and out, because I've been there at one time too," thrift store manager Lois Rowley said.

The thrift shop will rely on donations of both new and use items, and the generous spirit of people on the Coast.

You can help out the thrift store several ways.

  • If you want to volunteer at the thrift store call (228) 466-0194.
  • You can also call the thrift store during business hours on Thursdays through Saturdays at (228) 466-0506.
  • You can also make a tax-deductible contribution to the Hancock Thrift Store. Send your donation to P.O. Box 2124, Bay St. Louis, MS, 39521.

The store is located at 2124 Hwy. 90 in Bay St. Louis.