New Stores Support Mercy House Mission


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Mercy House in Harrisonburg is trying to keep money coming in for the families it helps.

They've opened a brand new store and have paint cans and all kinds of building supplies that people from the community can come purchase.

The money raised from buying all this stuff is actually going back to families in need.

"It really makes me sad for the children. To lose their homes, that's got to be so traumatic for them," shared Mercy House Executive Director Twila Lee.

Lee has helped open the store where they take donations from the community and resell it to help raise money for the Mercy House. It's a mission that thrift store manager, Michael DelBiondo, said he's happy to help support.

"It's important for me to help other people, and I enjoy it every day. I enjoy the interaction with the people who make the donations," DelBiondo added.

It's those donations, along with funds raised at Mercy House's other thrift stores, like their new thrift boutique on University Boulevard that help families without a home. It's money that could become even harder to find.

When asked how closely they're watching the new state budget, Lee shared, "Pretty closely. Last year the budget was reduced, and we expect this year it to happen again."

That's the last thing these good neighbors need.


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