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NEW HAMPSHIRE — The heart of downtown in New Hampshire welcomes a new business — one that aims to serve others.
Reach Out Outreach Ministries had their grand opening of a new thrift store at 100 S. Main St., New Hampshire, and the founder of the ministries was pleased with how smoothly everything was going.
“It’s exceeded my expectations,” Reach Out Outreach Ministries founder Brian Paxton said. “People are coming in, and we’ve already received many donations. It’s great.”
The business hours of the thrift store are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday, and they accept all kinds of donations, including clothes, home goods, blankets and cars, along with monetary donations.
All the proceeds from the thrift store will go back into the funds of the Reach Out Outreach Ministries programs.
Programs of the ministry include a book mobile, which delivers Christian books to people in different communities, Theatre on Wheels, which is a mobile unit that travels to different communities and shows movies to children, along with a weekly children’s program, Reach 2 Kids, and a teens’ program, The Harbor.
Also in the works for the ministry is to turn a school bus into a food bus for people in need.
The mission of the group is to reach children and families in their own communities by meeting spiritual and physical needs.
Based out of Jackson Center, Reach Out Outreach Ministries is a non-denominational group which started in Logan County. The program now serves people and churches in the area, including Allen, Auglaize, Logan and Shelby counties.
For more than a year, Paxton said the idea of a store has been in the works, and everything is coming together.
In Novemeber, Paxton and his wife, Becky, purchased the former antique shop in New Hampshire, which they turned into the thrift store. Paxton and his wife started out as children’s pastors, and then created the ministry in 2007, and since then there are approximately 24 volunteers who help out with the various programs the group offers.
“We always wanted to do this,” Paxton said of opening a store.
Volunteer Amber Chambers, of Wapakoneta, was helping at the grand opening of the store on Friday and says this is a good idea.
“I think this is awesome,” Chambers said. “It’s a great help to the communities.”
Chambers hopes this generates morale through volunteer work, and helps inspire others to volunteer.
“When people volunteer, they just feel better about themselves,” Chambers said.
Chambers noted the Reach Out Outreach Ministries creates more family time for people — as the store will generate funds to continue the work of the ministry.
“It’s a great opportunity for the community to get involved and create family time through the movie bus and book mobile,” Chambers said. “It’s awesome to bring people together and do God’s work at the same time.”