The Kindness of Strangers

I stopped into American Way Thrift Store in Burbank, California, to find out what happens to this type of retailer in a down economy.  Janet Ashe, General Manager, of American Way Thrift Store revealed that they, too, face hard economic times.  Before the economy took a bite out of people’s pocketbooks, American Way would take in as many as five grocery bags of donated items from one person – now, getting one full bag is a bonus.  Pastor Gretchen Bingea of American Lutheran Church said there has been a marked increase in the number families facing hard times that access help at the partner organizations the church supports to help meet the needs of the Burbank community.


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