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WKU Thrift Shop raises funds for local organization

What better reason to shop, than for charity? The WKU Thrift Shop was held Wednesday (April 15) as a part of National Volunteer Week activities.

Big Red stopped by the WKU Thrift Shop on April 15.

Big Red stopped by the WKU Thrift Shop on April 15.

Donations were collected for more than a month to be used as items to sell during the event. From clothing to furniture, staff and students came together to donate a truck load of materials.

Striving to make this year’s Thrift Shop more successful than past years, the planning committee wanted to find ways to engage shoppers even more. One way was by allowing them to vote on which organization the funds raised would be donated to. Three organizations were selected by the committee to choose from, and the shoppers voted between the three.

The other was by having several “flash sales” throughout the day. Periodically, a customer would encounter a buy five items, get five items free deal; or fill up an entire shopping bag for only $5.

The committee hoped that with customers being able to vote on where the money went, and realizing that could get a lot of items for low prices, that it would encourage them to spend more money. And in some cases it did.

The Thrift Shop raised $376.15, surpassing last year’s amount. The funds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green. The remaining items will be donated to Goodwill.

National Volunteer Week, a collaboration between the WKU ALIVE Center and Student Activities Leadership and Volunteerism, provided numerous service opportunities for WKU students, faculty and staff and the Bowling Green community.

Contact: Josclynn Brandon, (270) 745-4434

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