Community helps rescue mission after electrical fire

A fire destroyed the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission thrift store June 22.

People in the Las Cruces community donated money and resources to help the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission after an electrical fire destroyed the nonprofit's thrift store.

"It is unbelievable," the rescue mission's Executive Director Henry Young said. "We will be able to do more this year than we probably have in the past."

An electrical fire destroyed the thrift store June 22. The clothes in the clothing room next door had smoke damage, including the back-to-school clothes.

Young said the rescue mission is the only group in the community that gives children free back-to-school clothes. They serve about 700 children.

"When we found out it was 700 children, the call to action was very quick," Revolution 120 founder Marci Dickerson said. "We raised the $12,000 in two hours because this community is so generous and so wonderful.

Dickerson said they also secured a 10 percent discount from Walmart to replace all the back-to-school clothes.

Then American Linen stepped in. The company agreed to wash about 130 bags of clothes for free, doubling the amount of clothing the rescue mission will be able to give away.

"I think this is a really good example of how Las Cruces really cares for all its people," Dickerson said.

Pic Quik donated a building on Missouri Ave. for the rescue mission to run the thrift store out of until repairs are made. Young estimates it's a donation worth $50,000 to $60,000.

"We're just overjoyed at the response," Young said.

The rescue mission plans to open the thrift store at the new location on Monday. It is located at the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Gladys Drive.

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