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By Carla Davis
Sharon King said for a nonprofit like Raleigh’s Place, running a thrift store in a drafty, old building was an expensive proposition. But the load has become a little lighter, with the help of Alabama Power and the Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund.
Raleigh’s Place purchased a 2,200-square-foot building in Clanton in 2019 to house a thrift store. Named in memory of King’s daughter, it is a “Christ-centered” ministry that serves foster children and their families in Chilton County.
“We had a small clothes closet because kids would come to our camp without shorts or bathing suits. But we could never get enough different sizes, so I thought God was leading us to open a thrift store,” said King, executive director of Raleigh’s Place. “We bought this old building, but it was in need of repair, and we needed to replace eight old HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units at $8,500 each.”
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