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Woman Rejuvenated Store Helping Homeless Battling Cold

A former Vermont native was called upon to help revive a Cape Coral thrift store — now a major helping hand for homeless as they battle the cold weather.

A local woman’s organization skills helped rejuvenate the Thrift Store in Cape Coral as it, in turn, is assisting the homeless through the cold weather. It was losing money before Lois Griffin came in.

“We are helping the homeless with every single dollar that comes out of this place,” Griffin said.

That’s especially important in Cape Coral right now. A volunteer that works with Griffin told us almost all the homeless she helps are sick.

“It’s terrible,” said Griffin, “It hurts your pains from arthritis. I’m sure many of the homeless and less fortunate people are not feeling their best right now, especially with colds and flu.”

Even with all the help, the shelter provides and its thriving pantry, there aren’t many options in Cape Coral for homeless to shelter in the cold. Which is why the call for coats and clothes is heavy.

You can donate them at the Thrift Store. Community Cooperative has also put out a post calling for coats and blankets. It lists 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida as the location to drop off your donations.