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January 4, 2013

Community thrift store is providing miracles

NORMAN — For Lyz Farrar opening up Donate a Miracle has been a dream come true.

The thrift store at 1104 24th Ave. SE opened June 1 and has taken a different approach to serving the Norman community.

“We try to set ourselves apart from other thrift stores. We try to help our community as close as home as possible. We are faith-based, so we help a lot of Christian organizations,” said Eli Farrar, Donate a Miracle employee and daughter-in-law to Lyz Farrar. “We understand the dynamics of family. And we understand that families need to help each other.”

As the idea for Donate a Miracle came about, Eli said it was obvious that the business would need to be more than just a thrift store.

“We wanted to help people spiritually or anyway we can,” Eli Farrar said. “If we have someone that comes in and we can tell that they need help, we’re not stable enough at this time to help financially, but if they need clothing, shoes, anything, we let them take it free of charge. The outpouring of donations that we have received from the community has allowed us to do that.

“We’ve had a lot of people come in who recently lost their jobs. We are also a donation drop-off point and a place for the fire victims to come. We helped at least 100 families with clothing after the fires. That’s something we hope to be able to continue. We want to help people help others. We want to be able to accept people’s donations to turn around and help people that are in need.”

Eli Farrar and Lyz Farrar are the only paid employees of Donate a Miracle. Everyone else working at the thrift store are volunteers.

According to Eli, her mother-in-law has always had a passion for thrift stores and has always wanted to run one herself.

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