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Loving Hearts Thrift Shoppe
back in business


by Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder
Photos by P. Swan Smith
August 26, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

L-R Loving Heart Thrift Shoppe Administrator Kristi Roesner and volunteers Phyllis Campbell and Dorothy Heath.

High quality clothing from today's styles to yester-year's oldies can be found at the thrift store.

Due to room constraints, no large appliances or furniture are available at the store, but the store is full of great buys to set up housekeeping.


The new Loving Heart's Thrift Shoppe opened its doors on July 14th. The Thrift Shoppe was established in 1992 as a benevolent outreach ministry of the Mission Bible Fellowship, and according to its administrator, Kristi Roesner, the fellowship is happy to be back in business. The store is open on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 5:30.

The shop offers high quality clothing, gifts, dishes, household items and much more. Due to its limited space, no large furniture items or appliances are available.

The purpose of Loving Hearts is to provide aid to families in the community who are faced with a crisis. The aid ranges from emergency food and shelter to monetary aid for bills and expenses. It also provides free clothing and household items as needed. This ministry is funded solely by the sale of the donated items, according to Roesner.

"We keep the prices low so even those on a very limited income can afford to shop with us," she said.

For assistance with any crisis or other needs, you may call Kristi Roesner at 677-2987 or Mission Bible Fellowship at 677-2110.

Donations are welcomed and can be dropped off at the east end of the building or on Wednesdays during office hours. To make other arrangements or if you have questions call Roesner at 677-2987 or the Mission Bible Fellowship at 677-2110.

The first store was housed in a trailer on Cedar Lane, and it was open until 1996 when the church started plans for a new building next to the church on Highway 83.

Carmel Healy and Bev Smith were the original organizers. They were helped by volunteers Shirley Nash, Phyllis Campbell and Kristi Roesner. Roesner and Campbell are the only remaining volunteers from the original group. New volunteers include Dorothy Heath, Susan Bohlken, Donna Sturm, LaRee Morris and Sam Toms.

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