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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

9/06/07 "Sale of Dignity"

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I was out at the St. Vincent de Paul Store on 2320 West Lincoln tonight. We will be airing a positively on the thrift shop in a few weeks. One thing really struck me were the many bargains in the shop. All clothes, even those with new price tags are 1.99!! Even more impressive is the pride that the store manager takes in running the place. It's clean, tidy and neat. Store manager Carol Griffin did not want to go on camera. She warned me over the phone that she is camera shy. Even so, I could see, Griffin is the store's heart and soul. As I checked out the furniture, the clothes, the dishes, she beamed with pride about keeping the place up. Carol admits she could make more money elsewhere. But she loves helping the needy. She says the look on their faces is payment enough. She shares priceless moments like kids smiling after receiving toys, mothers thankful for winter coats, or families being able to afford a bed. The St. Vincent de Paul thrift store is selling much more than good deals. It's doling out dignity and respect to thousands who need it the most. If you have items to donate that are in good condition, call the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Thrift Store for free pick up. The number is 414-462-7863.

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