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Thrift store gives free blankets to homeless

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FORTUNA- With colder temperatures settling over the North Coast, one local thrift store is reaching out to the area’s homeless.

Tabitha’s Place Thrift Store in Fortuna has been taking blanket donations to help keep local homeless families warm this winter. The Seventh-day Adventist Church runs the store with the goal of feeding and clothing the homeless.

This week, Tabitha’s Place has been giving out blankets for free to those in need ahead of dipping temperatures. Along with the free blankets, area homeless can get $5 per person vouchers from the church to buy clothing at the store.

Each item is reduced to 50 cents with the voucher and helps provide those families in need with warm winter clothes.

“Some people come in here and they don't have anything,” Tabitha’s Place Thrift Store Manager Julie Baumgart said. “Like how we had the flood, a lot of it took out a lot of their homes and so we just try to help them, you know, because they need blankets it's so cold out. If we had more gloves and even cardboard boxes we will give for them to keep warm.”