The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Leave your wallet at home

In Appalachia, Lutherans helped launch a volunteer-run thrift store

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a thrift store so needed it draws families and the elderly from Greene, Cocke, Hamblen and Washington counties in Tennessee.

 A shopper selects shirts.
A shopper selects shirts.

No one has to pay for the clothing, appliances, furniture and food at Appalachian Helping Hands. In nine years, 2,200 families have found help. They are young single parents. They are widows and former farmers.

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