Turn your gently used items into volunteer spirit for SMARM

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Treasures From the Heart is a store in Sevierville, (also one in Seymour) that sells just that.

Executive Director, Dick Wellons says, "You'll see collectibles, church pews, I even have a 1972 Chevrolet."

It's set up neatly, in sections, like a department store, only this is a thrift shop. The store funds several ministries within SMARM, or Smoky Mountain Area Recuse Ministries.

"It's a cash flow for us to be able to provide for our folks in need."
We don't have a shelter, but we provide shelter for 35-40 people every night, we help pay utility bills, rent, meds, car repairs, transportation. We even have a hot meals program. It's a multitude of ministries," says Wellons.

And that includes providing the needy with items from the store as well.

He adss, "We are always willing to give work clothes, school clothes and they come to the ministry and we have a chance to talk to them and see what there need is."

Volunteers here allow SMARM to spend more on the needy and less on the help.

Shirley Miller has been a volunteer with SMARM for 5 years now.
She says, "I worked retail for 38 years and I know how it works."
Shirley miller folds, hangs and sorts clothing. And to her it's a simple mission.

Miler says, "I don't have to know who it helps, the lord knows who it helps. I don't care who it helps, i know it helps somebody, somebody needs it.
It's no big deal, it's what we should all be doing."

If you would like to volunteer - donate - or just shop, grab the link for more info.

SMARM has a 5k Superhero/Princess coming up on May 3rd!


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