Doing Good: Shop for a Good Cause at Samaritan Community Center Stores

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – There are those who say nothing beats a great deal. 

And the Samaritan Community Center's two thrift stores offer bargains worth getting excited about. 

“It's just something you can do for yourself and for others,” said Samaritan Store volunteer Gisela Otis. 

Otis is a floral arranger, and she's just one the many volunteers shoppers will encounter while shopping at the Rogers or Springdale locations. The co-manager for both stores, Tosh Pearson, said Otis is an absolute draw for shoppers. 

"We have people who come in here just to buy Gisela creations," said Pearson.

Otis said, "Yeah, that's funny. I've got my fan club."

She's quite creative in her work, which she says, brings about a result she cherishes.

Otis said, "I love to brighten [everyone's] day with nice flowers and beautiful colors. And if I can do that, that brings me fulfillment as well."

Pearson said, "She can take those arrangements and add life and turn them into beautiful arrangements."

Her floral designs are just one of the many bargains customers will find at the Samaritan shops. Pearson said the staff sorts through the kind donations they're given to provide a top-notch shopping experience shoppers won't find at other thrift stores.

"Those who may not be able to afford retail can come here and buy name brand clothing any day of the week, quality name brand clothing. Our standards are very high and provide for their family," Pearson said.

Samaritan Community Center Executive Director Debbie Rambo said store profits account for a third of the entire organization's funding, supporting feed programs like snackpacks for school children.

"Before the Rogers store opened, we were only serving about 1,500 to 2,000 kids a week, and now we serve over 6,000 children each week,” said Rambo. 

As Otis would say, nothing tops finding a bargain while doing good in the community.

Otis said, "Just makes you feel better."


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