Creative Grass-Roots Organization Makes a Positive Impact in Houston

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Creative Grass-Roots Organization Makes a positive impact in Houston by providing food, clothing and household essentials free of charge to families in need. The entire operation is funded solely by suppoters through auctions and thrift stores.

The Houston Charity Center, an independent charity and thrift store dedicated to helping struggling families, now benefits over 1,500 families per year in the Houston area with needed free assistance. The center provides emergency food, clothing and household essentials at no charge to families with substantiated needs.

The well-organized facility is conveniently located at 14105 South Post Oak Road in Southwest Houston. The amply stocked thrift store features gently used name-brand clothing, fabulous home-decor items, quality furniture, appliances and a number of one-of-a-kind bargains.

"We love what a good charity thrift store means to the community," said co-founder Virginia Bowen. "And bargain shopping means you are also providing resources that help struggling families get back on their feet. It’s a good feeling.”

Every purchase and donation helps the center provide food, clothing and household essentials to families in need. The charitable assistance programs are made possible by generous donations of non-perishable food, clothing, furniture, appliances, left-over garage sale lots, home-decor items, etc. -- collected daily by the center's prompt, scheduled donation pickup service.

The charity also accepts car donations that are processed through their public auction (Houston). Each vehicle donated to the center helps to provide direct assistance to an average of 12 families.

"No organization could singlehandedly respond to every family in crisis in a city as large as Houston. By working together for the common good of our great community, we can achieve the extraordinary," Bowen said. "We encourage our supporters to assist all charitable organizations as well, such as Goodwill, Purple Heart and the Salvation Army. You can contribute to our charity effort by shopping at our store, by monetary contributions and / or by donating clothes, furniture, appliances, food, utility items or vehicles."

Referrals from all churches service organizations in the greater Houston area are welcome. When a church or non-profit group becomes aware of a family in need, that organization can send the family to the Houston Charity Center for assistance. The Church or non-profit group should provide the family with a letter of referral written on the organization's letterhead. Referrals should include the church or non-profit's contact information, type of assistance needed and a brief summary describing the crisis situation.

"When you donate or shop with our organization, you play a vital part in restoring the hope and dignity to families who have found themselves in difficult situations. We are totally focused on meeting the needs of low-income families who are trying to make ends meet," said Bowen.

About The Houston Charity Center

The Houston Charity Center Thrift Store and Auction is becoming the largest charity thrift store in Houston. Through purchases and donations, the Houston Charity Center provides food and household essentials to struggling families. The center processes up to 12 new truckloads of merchandise weekly and features furniture, appliances, clothing, home decor and one-of-a-kind treasures. The retail and wholesale departments of The Houston Charity Center operate from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. A free, public auction Houston is held at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday.

Donation arrangements can be made by visiting their website at The Houston Charity Center also encourages the support of other like-minded organizations in the Houston area. For more information on donating or shopping at the Houston Charity Center Thrift Store please contact:

Virginia Bowen

The Houston Charity Center

713-433-0334 or

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