Thrift store fills needs locally and internationally

For those who are struggling financially this winter, are looking for unique, practical or fun items, or are searching for a good deal, the Bible For Missions Thrift Store is open to the public.

Volunteers Minny VanderVelde

For those who are struggling financially this winter, are looking for unique, practical or fun items, or are searching for a good deal, the Bible For Missions Thrift Store is open to the public.

The store serves as more than just a store. Run completely by volunteers and surviving by donations the BFM thrift store is a place where the community comes together.

Vi Wells, a board member and volunteer at the thrift store, is very happy with the way the store is run and impressed with the support given by members of Ponoka.

“We have been wonderfully blessed with donations from the community,” said Wells. “We are really thankful for the support the community has given us, which has really been tremendous.”

BFM is a non-denominational Christian organization and the money that is made from the thrift store goes into a fund that is used to fulfill the Christian calling of making disciples of all nations. BFM works to distribute the Word of God to people around the world who don’t have a Bible or are discouraged from having one.

The BFM thrift store is located at 5006 50th street in a historic building that is 104 years old.

“It’s a very old building,” said Wells. “We are still getting some kinks out but it’s going really well.”

The store recently installed a new sign above its door that is lit 24/7. Out of all the BFM thrift stores in Alberta, it is the first and only one to have this kind of sign.

It has been open to the community since Oct. 15 and has since then been well-stocked with toys, knickknacks, clothes, Christmas decorations, electronics, cookware, furniture, shoes, purses, sheets, cushions and much more.

The store is clean, organized, well kept and a good size for what it carries. The store is run by approximately 12 volunteers, and Wells encourages anyone to come and volunteer and help out.

“We can always use more volunteers,” she said. “We’re looking for more people to be on the board as well. We have five people right now to make decisions about spending money, changing policies, etc.”

Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with the cash register.

Wells enjoys her work at the thrift store and the camaraderie with the other volunteers as well as seeing new and known faces come into the store.

“I like meeting with the people who come in,” she said. “Sorting through donations of items is interesting as well, there are many different things that come in.”

Wells says that there is always a need for donations as the stuff that comes in, goes out just as fast. The only things the store doesn’t take are major appliances such as fridges and stoves.

Wells says that the store has been successful and that the community has responded well to it being in town.

“People who come in say that it is really neat, clean and organized,” she said. “I think that Ponoka really needed another thrift store.”

There are 30 BFM thrift stores across Canada and five in Alberta including Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and now Ponoka.

The BFM thrift store provides a way to help the local community by meeting clothing, furniture needs, recycles clothes

The BFM foundation in Canada is run by volunteers and is a non-denominational Christian organization that operates thrift stores across Canada to make money for The Bible League of Canada and the work of Bible placement. Its mission is also to serve people locally with respect and dignity by demonstrating the love of Christ.

Just Posted

Ponoka teen pedestrian suffers injuries after pickup collision

A pickup struck a teen on residential streets in Ponoka

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

Guards injured, money stolen during overnight blast at Edmonton bank

Alberta Health Services said the injuries to the male guard were serious

Ponoka Elementary students team up to help KidSport

A special fundraiser has been organized by Ponoka Elementary Students to benefit KidSport

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: B.C. woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

New home for Calgary Flames estimated to cost up to $600 million

The city and the Flames are not yet talking on who will pay how much for a building to replace the Saddledome

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Most Read