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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Through sales at its thrift store in Harrisonburg, Mercy House helps homeless families and dependent children in our community. On Nov. 27, it opened a second thrift store location. The new storefront launched at 148 N. Main St. in Timberville. Retail manager Michael DelBiondo said the long-term goal of Mercy House is to find affordable housing opportunities for families. Not only is the building a thrift store, but also has six apartments to help families find an affordable place to live. “The Timberville location fits everything that the Mercy House is about under one roof,” DelBiondo said. “There are apartments not available yet, but there are apartments here. Currently, they are occupied so if anyone leaves them, we may transition someone else in.” DelBiondo said the Timberville community has already shown support at the new store. He said they made a lot of sales on Black Friday, which was their first day open. For more information on Mercy House, click here.
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The holiday shopping season has kicked off and Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday, a time to support local businesses in your community. “This year I think Small Business Saturday is more important than ever before, and so we have been trying to find really fun deals to offer customers,” Sabrina Dorman-Andrew, the owner of New Creation, said. “We’re really hoping that people will come in and shop small and then we can offer great deals, and even freebies to say thank you.” Dorman-Andrew said New Creation has been open in Harrisonburg for five years and the past few Small Business Saturdays have been successful at her store. “We’re hopeful that it will be the same [on Saturday],” Dorman-Andrew said. “I think our local community really loves their small businesses, so hopefully they show back up for us this year.” To fit everyone’s budget, Dorman-Andrew said New Creation will have $5, $10, $15, $20, and $30 deals. On the other side of Main St. in Harrisonburg, Lisa Roeschley, the co-owner of Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, said she is not sure what to expect because of COVID-19. “We’re going to have to wait and see how comfortable customers feel coming out,” Roeschley said. “We most definitely want to welcome them into the store.” While the Saturday turnout is up in the air, Roeschley said they’ve been working hard to prepare at Shirley’s. “We make all of our popcorn in small batches, so all day long we’ve been getting ready all the different flavors,” Roeschley said. “We carry 14 flavors here in the store, plus we have our holiday flavors, white chocolate peppermint, and dark chocolate peppermint.” She said this weekend, Shirley’s is offering 20 percent off and free shipping on orders over $50. For more information on New Creation, click here, and for more information on Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, click here.
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On Thursday, Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded to an early morning house fire in the 100 block of Grover Road in Edinburg. Fire officials said they received a call around 5 a.m. where four people in the home saw smoke and flames coming from the basement while they were preparing their Thanksgiving dinner. The homeowners were both said to have volunteered with local fire agencies and determined the flames were too large to be put out. Fire officials said the family tried to rescue their two dogs as they were exiting the home, but were unable to do so. Shenandoah Fire and Rescue received help from Woodstock, Edinburg, Mount Jackson and Conicville volunteer fire departments. The family was also aided by the Mount Jackson and Woodstock Rescue Squads. Fire officials said the flames did rekindle overnight, and that the home is a total loss. The family was assisted Thursday morning by the American Red Cross. Coworkers and friends have since started a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $20,000. If you are interested in helping the family, click here. Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue would like to thank the Food Lion in Woodstock and the local McDonald’s who provided food and water for first responders as they were working the incident.
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