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Daily News Editorial

Oct 30, 2008

Dan Youngblut, executive director of ECHO PLUS, was pretty straightforward about the impact of Thrifty’s, the thrift store that ECHO PLUS started this past summer, at the ECHO PLUS annual meeting Tuesday night. Thrifty’s is located in the former Sievert’s building on South Sixth Street in Estherville.

“Although this is our first venture into retail, it has been a huge success,” Youngblut said.

Opening the doors of Thrifty’s, in fact, has helped keep the doors of ECHO PLUS open. Youngblut said sales there have helped ECHO PLUS get back into the black.

With a mission of helping people with disabilities reach their fullest possible potential, ECHO PLUS is an investment in helping people that until a few decades ago were ignored, shunned and shut away from the rest of society. That was not only unforgivable but a crime to humanity.

Federal cuts to programs for the disabled over the past few years are doing exactly the same thing. They are ignoring some of the most helpless members of our society.

Thrifty’s is a fantastic idea. It gives ECHO PLUS clients a place to work alongside caring and loving volunteers. It also provides a revenue stream for ECHO PLUS that it did not have before. It also gives people a place to shop when everyone needs to stretch their dollars as much as possible.

If you don’t mind a little wear, you can save big money. And no one will know the difference.

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to be seen shopping in a thrift store, you can tell people that you’re doing it to help ECHO PLUS and suggest to your friends that they do the same.

With Christmas coming on, maybe we should all be doing a lot more shopping at Thrifty’s.

And just think of how many people we’ll be helping.