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Best Stores With A Cause In Tampa Bay

March 17, 2013 8:00 AM

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Animal control officers are scrambling to figure out where 80 cats living at a state prison facility in Belle Grade, Fla., will go once the prison closes next month. (credit: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Animal control officers are scrambling to figure out where 80 cats living at a state prison facility in Belle Grade, Fla., will go once the prison closes next month. (credit: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

With the economy slowly booming back, residents of the Tampa Bay area are looking for ways to give back to the community. There are several Bay area stores that sell affordable gently used merchandise while helping local charities at the same time. The profits from all purchases made at these businesses help families and even stray animals in Tampa get back on their feet and lend a helping hand when they need it the most. These stores for a cause also make spending money a bit easier when it is going to help others. All locations accept donations daily. To do so, contact the individual location to find out how to make a tax deductible donation today and help those who may be less fortunate in the Tampa Bay community.

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Friends Of Strays, Inc. Thrift Shoppe
3660 Gandy Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 527-9699
www.friendsofstrays.com

The Friends of Strays, Inc. Thrift Shoppe allows animals who are currently living in shelters to receive food, any necessary medication and shelter. The profits from the store help animals that are waiting for a loving family to adopt them, and all proceeds stay within the Bay area. The Thrift Shoppe sells gently used books and DVDs, as well as games for children and adults. The Shoppe also has bedding accessories as well as clothing for the entire family.

Good Kid’s Village Thrift Store
702 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 631-0031
www.hopechildrenshome.org

The Good Kid’s Village Thrift Store benefits the Hope Children’s Home of Tampa Bay. The Hope Children’s Home provides care and education to abused, neglected and orphaned kids who are currently living at the home here in Tampa. The Good Kid’s Village Thrift Store provides gently used clothes and furniture for all ages. The store also sells new and used electronics at affordable prices.

Mary & Martha House Thrift Store
1009 1st St. S.W.
Ruskin, FL 33570
(813) 645-7874
www.marymarthahouse.org

The Mary & Martha House, located in southern Hillsborough County, provides housing to women and children who are in desperate need of shelter. Services include short-term emergency shelter, temporary housing and long-term transitional housing. The Mary and Martha House helps its residents make the transition back into the work force and even secure a permanent residence. The Thrift Store sells furniture for the house as well as additional houseware accessories. Shoppers can even purchase new and used designer brand clothing.

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St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
23399 US Highway 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 442-5306
www.svdpstore.com

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul provides food, clothing and even shelter to those who are less fortunate. The organization also provides low-income families with medical care and even allows them to receive free medicine. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul helps those right here in the community who may be facing tough times in a rebounding economy. The Thrift Store has a huge selection of merchandise in several different departments. There is a vast variety of furniture including sofas, chairs, tables, dressers and more. There is a variety of kitchenware accessories as well as fashion accessories from purses to shoes and jewelry. The store also sells clothing for the entire family from babies to adults.

Sunshine Thrift Store
2808 34th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 522-2500
www.sunshinethrift.com

The Sunshine Thrift Store benefits several charities in the Tampa Bay area. The charities include the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Metropolitan Ministries and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Metropolitan Ministries helps feed local Bay area families as well as help make the holidays special for every child. The National Kidney Foundation of Florida provides services to patients and families. The St. Joseph’s Hospital helps provide services to families of ill patients while they are receiving treatment. The Sunshine Thrift Store sells new and used clothing as well as gently used household furniture at low prices.

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Bethany Cohen is a resident of Tampa and enjoys sharing her love for the city with others. Bethany loves traveling and learning about new cultures. She currently writes for Examiner.com. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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