Attic Treasures, a Harlem thrift store run by volunteers, recently celebrated the contribution of more than $1 million in monetary donations to nonprofit organizations and individuals in need.
The store, which was founded in 2008 and moved to its current location on West Milledgeville Road in 2012, primarily supports entities in Columbia and McDuffie counties.
“We started giving $50 here and there, but we give away $1,000 a month now,” says Loreen Reynolds, president of the board of directors. “If an individual is in need, we work with social workers in the Columbia County and McDuffie County school systems.”
Attic Treasures has paid for rent, utilities or hotel stays for individuals and contributed to organizations including local food pantries, animal welfare agencies, Fisher House at Fort Gordon and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Cancer Support Services (formerly The Lydia Project) and the Uganda-based 413Ministries.
The store recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to 10 high school seniors to pursue higher educational opportunities as well.
In addition to its monetary contributions, Attic Treasures has donated new toys to families during the holidays as well as clothing, furniture and other household goods.
“At the rate we’re going, we’re going to reach $2 million in donations a lot sooner than we hit $1 million,” Reynolds says. “We’re humbled by what we’ve been able to do.”