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United Way and Pembroke join forces

The United Way of Coastal Georgia and the City of Pembroke joined forces on Friday, Jan. 18, for the ribbon cutting and opening of Pembroke’s newest not for profit business, the Clothing Line.

The Clothing Line is a thrift store located at 63 N. College Street, just off Hwy. 280 in downtown Pembroke. Over 30 citizens, volunteers and city officials came out to for the opening celebrations and to be the first to get a look at the merchandise.

Mayor Judy Cook and Bryan County Director of the United Way Janice Blunt had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

"This store has been a long time coming to Pembroke," said Blunt. "Not only will people be able to shop here and get a great deal, people who can’t afford clothing or have a crisis like a fire will be able to apply for a voucher and shop for free clothing to fit their current needs and family members of all ages and sizes."

Army Major Herman Haggray, a native of Pembroke, donated the building rent -free to be used by the United Way. The store will be run completely by local volunteers and inventory will be all donated new or gently used items. It will also be used to help train mentally challenged young adults on cash register operations and other work-related tasks.

Hours of operation are currently set at Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted during these hours and drop-offs will be accepted at Pembroke City Hall during business hours Monday through Friday. Plans are currently in the works for a drop box to be located on the outside of the building.

"There are a lot of great brands and cute clothing here. Everyone is really going to enjoy shopping at the Clothing Line," said Cook. "Many volunteers pulled together to help us get this store running. It is a great and needed addition to Pembroke."

All funds raised by the shop will be used to pay utilities. Any extra money will be placed into the Angel Fund, managed by United Way and Pembroke, to help families with immediate needs and emergencies.

In order to assure all citizens in need have access to the store, shopping vouchers will be given to local churches, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Pembroke Fire Department and Police Department, the United Way and other local agencies.

If you would like to make a donation or have any questions, please call Blunt at 653-5344.

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