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July 9, 2012

Local aid organization finds a home

In January, Cindy Clark’s dream of helping someone in need began on her Facebook page, and today her good-deed initiative has helped families receive clothing, appliances, household goods and furniture, baby clothes, medical equipment, air conditioners, and food.

The Cherokee County Pay It Forward Foundation will be opening the doors at its new location at 1315 W. Choctaw on Monday, a sign that Clark’s Pay It Forward movement is building steam in Tahlequah.

“This building was donated, to a point, until our grants come in, and then we’ll be able to start making payments,” Clark said on the former Hill Top Tire site. “So, it was a blessing. We have a back storage area that’s completely full of donations. We’ll have [the site] set up to where we’ll have a kids’ corner with movies, books and toys. We’ll have clothes racks over there, and throughout the middle of the room. We’ll have stuff for the household and big furniture in the back. We’ll also have our food pantry in the back. And we still have another full load to bring in.”

Clark said operating hours for the store site, which will be named at a later date, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday, and information can be obtained by calling (918) 453-1214 or  (918) 207-0100, or visiting www.TahlequahPayItForward.org.

A contest to come up with a logo for the foundation was started on the Facebook page and will run through Aug. 1.

“If you’re genuinely in need, anybody can come in. We don’t tell anybody that they can’t come in,” said Clark.  “They’ll come in and complete a small form. Everybody can get clothing and shoes. Anybody whose house has burned down is welcome to come in and get what they need and restart their home.

“We take all donations, everything from appliances, clothing, and food to money – everything that can help. We’re getting donations from the businesses now, so everything’s starting to get bigger and better.”

 

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