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Flint store forced to close, new owner donates all merchandise to Catholic Charities

When a Flint business went under, the new owner of the inventory donated it to Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties.
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 5:01 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (7/14/2020) - A local organization that gives and gives to the community is now on the receiving end of a very generous gift.

When a Flint business went under, the new owner of the inventory donated it to Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties.

They're now selling those countless items in an effort to continue giving back.

Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th, the first floor of the Paterson Building in downtown Flint will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m for the fundraiser.

Inside what used to be a boutique, located at 653 South Saginaw Street, you'll find anything from dinnerware to costume jewelry to funky furniture.

“We’re always so grateful for everybody’s generosity and it comes in so many different forms. Right?” Fund Development Director, Theresa Hurley said. “To find this gem, and to know that it was successful in its highlight days, and to know that so many treasures are still available, is pretty awesome.”

All of the items used to belong to the boutique, but it went under. The ownership of the inventory then went to the owner of the building. It was his decision to donate everything to Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties.

Hurley explained every item will be available to purchase. There is a suggested price, but they're willing to barter with you.

“It goes right back to Catholic Charities. So we are feeding, I mean, in the last three months, we fed over 25,000 people. And so the cost to do that is extremely high,” she explained. “Plus, our counseling services have really been in high demand. So, this will help us offset all of those costs.”

Hurley added the demand for their services has tripled during the pandemic.

She's hopeful shoppers don't just take advantage of the opportunity to help them thrive, but also learn a little about them too.

“It’s counseling, it’s a soup kitchen, it’s personal care items. I mean our list goes on and on,” Hurley explained. “And people are not aware of all of those services that we are able to provide for everybody. And whether you’re Catholic or not, so that’s the one thing, you know, it doesn’t matter we do all faith base.”

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