THRIFT STORE FIRE, CLOTHING ROOM DAMAGE

The Gospel Rescue Mission Thrift Store at 1426 S. Solano went up in flames Friday evening about 10:30pm when a fire sparked near the cash register in the Thrift Store. The fire caused devastating damage. Non existent shelving, incinerated clothing and hangers, totally damaged jewelry, charred clothing racks, very few items are salvageable. Items from the Thrift Store’s back warehouse consisted of winter items and blankets that were left untouched by the fire and salvageable. Sales from the thrift store account for about 20 percent of the Gospel Rescue Mission’s income. The mission, which has operated since 1972, offers Christian guidance and provides emergency food and lodging services.

 

“This is something tragic that is going to impact the customers that enjoy going down there as one of the favorite thrift stores in Las Cruces. We have a close relationship with staff and customers and it is devastating.” says Cecilia Viverette, Thrift Store Manager. The Thrift Store is looking for a place to open temporarily, to open as soon as possible. Please contact LCGRM Pastor & Executive Director Henry Young to let us know if you have any leads.

The Gospel Rescue Mission Clothing Room at 1416 S. Solano has smoke damage which left a toxic smell in the air and on clothing which has left no inventory for their annual Back To School Clothing Drive benefitting school age children in Las Cruces. The adjacent buildings shared electricity and now power must be shut off to the Clothing Room for now. An Investigator & Auditor are expected Tuesday & Wednesday of this week.

As for donations, we would certainly appreciate your help. Thank you to community members that have stepped up such as Marci Dickerson with Revolution 120 and those businesses who have contacted her and stepped up totaling $11,000 in donations to purchase clothes for the Gospel Rescue Mission’s Back To School Program. Walmart Las Cruces – South Valley Drive – has also promised a 10% discount on all items we purchase from them to benefit this cause! American Linen and Uniform Supply for cleaning all the smoked damaged items at no cost! 200+ bags.

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