Ginger Crist, Edgerton, volunteers at JOY Closet for several hours each week. The closet was initially created to help those in need in the local community. However, since its inception the store’s concept has changed.
Crist said instead of a clothes closet, it’s now more of a thrift store, similar to Goodwill. The volunteers take donations, primarily clothing, shoes and bedding. They clean and sort the items to re-sell at very reduced prices. Anyone is welcome to shop at the second hand store.
“It was just something I thought I could help out with. I enjoy it, and I enjoy working with the people,” she said. “It warms your heart to know you’re helping out.”
JOY Closet is always seeking more volunteers. Crist said the store organizers would like to expand the shop’s hours.
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