The Union Recorder

July 2, 2013

Knickknack store expands support of Christian education

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — A newly established nonprofit is providing financial support to Sinclair Christian Academy (SCA) and area families seeking aid in receiving a Christian education.  

Originally opening as a fundraiser to cover the cost of SCA’s new “Miracle Building,” Sonrise Corner Thrift Store has provided 100 percent of its profits to the school since fall 2011. The business relocated from its South Wayne Street location to a larger space with additional parking at 540 S. Wilkinson St. next to the old Salvation Army in January. The thrift store has recently been operating under the organization Supporting Christian Education of Central Georgia, Inc. as a way to expand opportunities for religious studies to individuals.

“The organization is designed to support Christian education for anyone from the age of 3 to college age. It has been our goal for years to support Christian education and we have been,” said Bob Poole, SCA development director and chapel coordinator. “Before the money went directly to the school, and now under the new [organization], money can also go to individuals attending the school, which in turn supports the school.”

As a ministry of Sinclair Baptist Church, the thrift store sells an assortment of brand-new and gently used items, including men, women and children’s clothing, toys, dishes, books, tools, electronics, furniture, household appliances, antiques and other knickknacks.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the community is encouraged to donate items, receive a tax write-off and support individuals hoping to attain a Christian education.

“We would like to have a board with members to help with fundraising and the distribution of funds. We would like anyone interested in this type of program to work with us,” Poole said. “Our goal is to support individuals who feel that they should be treating their children to a Christian program, but they’re not able to. We would like to help families with their scholastic necessities.”

Donations can also be made to Supporting Christian Education of Central Georgia, Inc. at BB&T Bank locations.

“Every dollar of profit from the store will go into that account. Every dollar going into that account will go directly to support Christian education. The store will support any administrative fee or any cost to run the program,” Poole said. “Everything is 100 percent for the cause. Business is much better at our new location, the overhead is lower and we believe in the long-run we will see great results.”

For more information about the store, to drop off donations, or request an item pick-up, call 478-451-0155 or 478-232-3531, or visit the Sonrise Corner Thrift Store Facebook page.

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