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10/6/2012 8:00:00 AM
The Good Neighbor Shop
Frances Dellinger, one of the original founders along with Frances Lowe and Lucy Newton all worked at the Good Neighbor Shop until the were in their 80s. They, like the employees and volunteers there now, loved this place and the work and truly enjoyed interacting with all the people who come into the shop.
Frances Dellinger, one of the original founders along with Frances Lowe and Lucy Newton all worked at the Good Neighbor Shop until the were in their 80s. They, like the employees and volunteers there now, loved this place and the work and truly enjoyed interacting with all the people who come into the shop.
A friend once told me they could not afford to buy another friend a graduation gift. After looking around The Good Neighbor Shop a few minutes, they hit upon an idea…a beautiful large white basket with pink roses and ribbons on it, a white vase with the same type pink roses and ribbon, a new, never opened decorative tin full of note pads, thank you cards, memo pads, etc., a desk set with ink pens, and similar items, another new decorative bath set with fancy soaps, etc. Just a very few dollars later and they were able to give that person one of the nicest  graduation gifts they received!
A friend once told me they could not afford to buy another friend a graduation gift. After looking around The Good Neighbor Shop a few minutes, they hit upon an idea…a beautiful large white basket with pink roses and ribbons on it, a white vase with the same type pink roses and ribbon, a new, never opened decorative tin full of note pads, thank you cards, memo pads, etc., a desk set with ink pens, and similar items, another new decorative bath set with fancy soaps, etc. Just a very few dollars later and they were able to give that person one of the nicest  graduation gifts they received!
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The Good Neighbor Shop

Rebecca White
Guest Writer


How long has it been since you last went to The Good Neighbor Shop? Have you EVER been to The Good Neighbor Shop? If you haven’t, you have no idea what you are missing! This is one of Lincolnton’s most well kept secrets but being a well kept secret is not conducive to the goals of this non-profit organization.

Started in the Emmanuel United Church of Christ (now Emmanuel Reformed Church) parsonage in 1972 by the Women’s Circle consisting of Ruby Rudisill, Bessie Schrum, Frances Dellinger, Becky Robbo and other circle members (Frances worked at the Good Neighbor Shop until she was in her 80s!). At the same time, the Presbyterian Church had a clothes closet which had been organized by Sue Ramseur. They merged and moved into the old fire department in uptown Lincolnton in 1972 and managed by Thomas McLain and everyone who helped was a volunteer.

Their goal is a very simple one…to help their community and its people. When the fire department building was slated to be torn down, the ministry bought two buildings on South Academy Street. Two more buildings were purchased later. One was completely gutted and remodeled and was painted by local minister, Joe Irving. Even then, if this group did not have shoes to fit school children who needed shoes, they would send the children to B.C. Moore for their shoes and actually pay for them! Several area churches joined the original group and many churches are still instrumental in helping keep this organization alive and meeting their goals!

Just in case you want to rush right out and go shopping with this church-sponsored, Christian-inspired ministry today, they are right in the middle of downtown Lincolnton on the corner of South Academy Street and Water Street--only one block from the Lincoln County Courthouse. There is plenty of parking in several nearby parking lots as well as beside of and in front of the store. The shop is run by a board and the organization is incorporated. They don’t just give away stuff…they HAVE to make enough money to pay the power bill, water bill, insurance, taxes, phone bill and any other bill which pops up! Only a small part of the monetary help comes from the churches.

At present there are 13 area churches involved: they are Covenant Bible Church, Daniels Lutheran Church, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Emmanuel Reformed Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Hickory Bible Tabernacle, Messiah United Methodist Church, St. Matthews UCC, Reepsville Baptist Church, Salem Baptist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. The churches help in different ways, some provide monetary help, all have members on the Board of Directors there.

There are only two full time paid employees, manager Jane Bost along with her daughter and assistant, Robin Hawkins and one part time paid employee, Debbie Gaus, another administrative assistant. Pastor Ray Jachowski is president, Mary Sue Smith is their vice president, Sondra Ward is secretary and Judy Snead is treasurer.

All the other people you see working in the store at various times are volunteers. Different volunteers work different days and different hours, some work one day a week, some half a day a week, some work every single day! We say a big THANKYOU to everyone, especially to all the volunteers—Jerry Pope, Jennie and Jane, Dennis, Helen, Sally and Lacy. Without them, this shop would not be a possibility OR a reality.

People are screened through Christian Ministries and given vouchers which they take to the shop and redeem for the items they need. Churches, schools and several other organizations also screen people for the vouchers. They work with the Red Cross and other organizations to help people when disasters strike such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, homes burning, etc. They bring the families into the store to get a start on rebuilding their physical lives with essential household items from can openers to flatware, dishes to pots and pans and bedroom ensembles along with their wardrobes with clothes, shoes, handbags and other essentials.

They almost never have a day to go by without several people coming in to redeem vouchers. There are many days when the shop redeems vouchers for well over 200 pieces of clothing as well as dishes, glasses, flatware, sheets and pillowcases, towels and just about every other types of supplies a person could need to run a household!

But right now, The Good Neighbor Shop needs YOUR help. The economy has really hurt the shop--when it seems as though their business should be booming; the number of similar stores has hurt them-- consignment shops, thrift stores, Goodwill, flea markets and other places where people can purchase discounted items. Business really should be escalating, not just because of the quantity of items they have for sale but even more so because of the quality of their items which they have IN STOCK at all times.



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If you come into the Good Neighbor Shop, you will see not one single one of those places has any better prices on any items! They seldom have clothing for more than $5 per piece and most are priced 50 cents to $2. Not only are their prices very low, they have something on sale every single day they open their doors. Sometimes a sale will be two clothing items for $1 or buy one, get one free or all blouses for $1 and others.

Do you know of a child in your neighborhood or your class or church who needs a winter coat? Or any other clothing item? This is one way you can help your neighbors in more than one way. Buy from the Good Neighbor Shop and give those items to people in your community you know who need them! It is one way you can afford to help your neighbors…instead of thinking you have to donate money, donate clothes to people who need them who may not go to Christian Ministries.

There are probably people in our county who think Christian Ministries is only a soup kitchen and don’t know they can get clothes and other supplies, not only for their children but for themselves, too, through the Good Neighbor Shop! Most anyone can afford any item they find in this store! Are you looking for clothes to wear on job interviews? You can purchase some of the nicest clothes you can find in any store in this area in The Good Neighbor Shop! Clothing for work, church, even evening wear!

And I don’t mean just women’s clothing…they have an entire men’s shop, complete with suits, ties, sport coats, overcoats, dress shirts, shoes, socks, work clothes, everything! The ladies’ boutique is one of the nicest anywhere around this area. You can find anything there you can find in any expensive boutique in Charlotte or Asheville from the basic pieces of under clothes and lingerie to designer dresses and suits. Yes, designer clothes. (Designer clothes are the only clothes which are priced higher than the standard $1 to $2.) Many of the clothes throughout this entire store have never been worn—some in the mens’ shop, children and ladies’ boutiques still have their tags inside!

In their household portion of the store, they have almost everything you need for housekeeping, for gift giving, for parties and to decorate your home. They also have books, movies, magazines, jewelry, stationery, empty frames and framed pictures; really too much to mention—you just have to see this to believe it! People come from as far away as Charlotte, Shelby and Hickory (they have actually had people from as far away as Mississippi and Florida) to shop here.

Many people actually come on a regular basis because after being a Good Neighbor Shop customer for many years, they know the bargains they can find. Smart people who know how to save money on not just the things they need but also many things they want they could not afford anywhere else!

What I want to highlight today is the Good Neighbor’s Christmas Shop. If you have not seen their Christmas Shop, you really can have no idea what you are missing. This is the nicest, most complete, most affordable Christmas shop I personally have EVER been in, including the Charlotte Christmas show and Christmas shops in resort towns! Every item they have is a bargain any way you see it! You can spend a tenth of the money for your Christmas items here you would spend at other shops and get a lot more items in the process.

They have everything you can possibly want or need for your Christmas decorating, parties, dinners and even many items for Christmas giving! Everything from simple to fancy decorations to completely decorated Christmas trees! It is ready for you to start shopping NOW! These volunteers have been hard at work on their Christmas Shop for a month now and it is loaded.

Not only that, they won’t run out of Christmas items any time soon, they have plenty they haven’t even been able to put out because the room is already full! That means a double bonus for the Christmas shopper…you can shop one week and buy everything you see you want or need, come back a week later and find almost as much more new stuff in there as there was the week before! They have many Halloween decorations for sale, too.

You cannot go wrong shopping in The Good Neighbor Shop. Do you have a sense of wanting to help your community? You can do that in SO many ways when you shop with them. You help them keep their doors open and keep serving the community the way they have for the past 40 years. You help the less fortunate in your own neighborhood and the county. I KNOW money is tight and times are hard right now for everyone, but you can purchase a coat or other needed item for a child in your church or school or neighborhood and actually give it to them without them ever knowing it was from you.

You can do your part to help by shopping in this store, you can close. Shop, shop, shop…even if you only spend $2, $5 or possibly even $10 a month--in our Good Neighbor Shop, you will be one of the best neighbors we have in our county.

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR SHOPS NEEDS BUYING CUSTOMERS DESPERATELY AT THIS TIME. Not only do they have their regular bills, they NEED a bathroom! If there is a plumbing contractor anywhere in this county who would be willing to CLEAN their bathroom lines, it would be more than greatly appreciated. The Good Neighbor Shop NEEDS your help…just become a customer…that’s is all it takes! It is an experience just to walk through this store and actually see all the beautiful items they have… many which have never been used…some still in the boxes they came in from the factory! If you are a savvy shopper, there IS something for YOU at the Good Neighbor Shop in Lincolnton!

 




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