FULTON — Sharlene Davis was busy, carrying items in a laundry basket to place on shelves at The Disciple Shop, on a rainy Friday afternoon.
“A lot of people say they need this place open,” Davis said.
The Disciple Shop is an outreach center for the seven United Methodist Churches of Southern Morrow County.
Their mission is to offer gently-used donated items to those struggling or in need.
Fulton Mayor Terri Cox Hickman said the shop is needed.
“It is a community place for people in need. They offer clothing, non-perishable foods, household goods, furniture and books.”
Bread and pastry items are free on Monday and Friday.
The Disciple Shop re-opened in early March and has worked to make improvements at the site.
“People can get good, clean things here for a good price,” Cox Hickman said.
For example, jeans are $2 each and tops are just $1.
“We’ve got a lot of new people coming in who saw us on Facebook,” Davis said.
The shop is open to anyone who is in need of their goods, regardless of faith background, race, country of origin or economic status.
“It’s also a community gathering spot and a good, friendly environment,” Cox Hickman said. “And the coffee is free.”
Donations are accepted during store hours. Residents are asked not to drop off items on the front stoop when the shop is closed.
Games, puzzles, knick-knacks, dishes, glassware and other items fill the several rooms of the former mill.
A few people came in to pick up some needed items, looking at clothing as two children examined the toys in stock.
“We’re here to help people,” Davis said.
Reach Conchel at 419-946-3010, extension 1806.