HAZARD — In the first month that the Second Chance Mission held its grand opening, it has served over 170 families through its voucher program. The store is dedicated to serving low income families through its voucher program. The store is currently seeking donations for non-perishable food items.
If it wasn’t for Hazard Clinic holding a bake sale for three days, Sarah Burton said the store wouldn’t have been able to give out food boxes last week.
The Hazard Clinic was able to raise $402 in three days. The donation went to buying food for Second Chance Mission’s food boxes.
“If it wasn’t for their help, we wouldn’t have had food boxes,” said Burton.
Burton said she couldn’t thank Hazard Clinic and Vanessa Johnson enough for their help in raising money by having the bake sale and donating the money to Second Chance Mission for food items.
The store currently needs donations of non-perishable food items, but they also take donations for clothing items of any and all sizes, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and toilet paper.
Burton said boxed and canned food is a good choice for food donations.
Baby food is another food item that the store needs, Burton said.
People can also donate cat and dog food to Second Chance Mission.
Burton asks that the public hold off on donating winter clothes items for right now. They currently have a huge amount of winter clothing in stock.
Since the store opened last month, it has helped 170 families with its voucher program.
Burton said the response from the community has been phenomenal and she appreciates the support from community leaders and community members.
“We are here to serve,” said Burton of the store.
The store is centered around a retail environment theme. The voucher program they offer allows families to come into the store and get what they need. Clothes are hung on racks and families can take as much as they need each visit.
The voucher is good for one month and families can renew their vouchers at the end of each month.
Monetary purchases can be made at the store for those who don’t quality for the voucher program. Burton calls these donations and they use the money for things the store needs.
If an individual would like to volunteer time, Burton said all they have to do is show up to the store.
“When they show up, we’ll put them to work,” Burton said.
The store is opened on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about the store, individuals can call 859-494-6907 or they can stop in the store located in the old Faulker building in Hazard.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.