Pilot Tribune Staff
Don't listen to the rumors - The Olive Branch in downtown Alta is not closing. There is a new manager and the hours are being extended.
Becca Bunnell, wife of Pastor Peter Bunnell at Summit Church, has shopped at the store which offers used clothing and household goods several times since moving to the community a year ago and she is now excited to be able to support Olive Branch in another way.
Olive Branch is the brain child of a ladie's Bible study group from Summit Church. All of the items have been donated and are sold at prices from 50 cents to $3. The purpose of the store is to serve those in need or those looking for good bargains in an economical crunch but it also gives those who want to clean out their closets and homes of items they no longer wear or want, a place to deposit them.
The Olive Branch has successfully been fulfilling their outreach goal since the start. The non-profit store is supported by Summit.
Becca wants everyone to know that the store is open to all; there are many nice items - clothing of all sizes, shoes, decorations and many household items - priced for pennies of what they could be purchased at other stores.
"We are a second hand store with dignity," said Becca.
Shopping in the store is convenient. All the clothing is clean (some washing is done of some items brought in) and organized by sizes and even gender.
What is ideal is that The Olive Branch staff works closely with other entities that are there to help restore hope in those that feel despair. The Lord's Cupboard food bank refers people to the Olive Branch and vice versa.
There is always a need for donations for the store. Pots and pans, men's clothing, children's clothing through junior sizes and bedding and towels go quickly and need replenishing often.
If you would like to make a donation, please deliver them to the door in the alley.
The Olive Branch also has given youth and church youth groups in the community a place to do volunteers work; their help is always appreciated.
They also pride themselves in offering coffee and snacks to shopping visitors.
New hours beginning Nov. 1:
* Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays - 1-3 p.m.
* Saturdays - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.