Friday, March 27, 2015

Antiques, Collectibles & Home Decor On Sale

For just one week ...
Starting March 28 Through April 4, 2015
50% OFF      50%OFF     50%OFF
Our Departments 6 & 9
Saturday 3/28 - 4/4/2015

10 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Saturday
Can not be combined with other offers

Local business, school launch food drives 
  Drop off donations at Curves, Camp Bow Wow, Central Academy   Nancy King has been hosting food drives for years at her Indian Trail Curves location.
 But what this small business owner didn't realize until just recently, was that all donations to the Common Cupboard stay in her community. In fact, she didn't know the pantry and parent nonprofit Common Heart even existed until she drove by the new store recently and found the nonprofit on Facebook.
   "I love that fact that by donating to the Cupboard, we're keeping the food in our community," Nancy said. "There are so many people that I know that need help. They just need help to get back on their feet a little bit. It's very heart-warming
to know you're giving back to your neighbors. The (members) like to keep it in their community as well - that makes them give more when they know it's staying at home."
   Through March 30, Curves is waiving its joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of nonperishable food for the Cupboard or make a $30 donation to the pantry. Members who bring in donations have the chance to win prizes.
   Curves is just one of several local businesses hosting food drives for the Cupboard this spring. Anyone can drop off food at Curves, 592 Indian Trail Road in the Union Festival shopping center, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.
   Camp Bow Wow, 8635 Crown Crescent Ct., in Matthews is collecting cat and dog food in its lobby (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and the Beta Club at Central Academy at Lake Park is hosting a food drive for the Cupboard through April 2. Non-perishable goods can be dropped off during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the school, 3624 Lake Park Road.
   Ready to host your own food drive? If you register it at we will help you promote it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Common Things Thrift Store
A Good Deal More Than Just a Good Deal!

Dana Hinson has been a fixture at Common Things Thrift Store for three years as a volunteer. Now, she's also the part-time store manager. But she's constantly "humbled" by the way volunteers andcustomers step up to help those in need.  
   Whether it's praying with a crying grandmother worried about her grandchild in the hospital or gathering clothing and blankets for a homeless resident, Common Things is more than just a place to get bargains, Dana said.
 "It's amazing to see that it's not only about faith. It's about the heart of the people who are here," she said.


   One of Dana's favorite stories to share happened during the store's recent $5 bag sale.
   Six customers in one day left $5 to $10 extra to allow volunteers to allow other customers to get their bags for free. The random act of kindness started with a morning customer who donated 
$25 to be used to help other customers get free bags of clothing. 
   One of the customers who benefited from these acts of kindness started crying when she heard her clothing would be free thanks to the generosity of other customers. 
  "She said she really didn't have the money, but
because of the bag sale, she was going to make it happen. She was waiting for a sale like this to get her kids clothes, but that meant something else was being sacrificed," Dana said. 
   Seeing customers show kindness is something Common Things volunteers never tire of seeing.
   "We feel humbled because it's one thing for us volunteers to give -- we know the back story of this place. But it makes my heart completely at ease to see customers jump in and get excited about helping a total stranger," Dana said. "Common Things is way more than just a thrift store. It's a place that accepts brokenness because we all have it."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring into Kindness!

Spring is definitely here! The weather is nicer this week and the days are getting longer. Flowers and trees are blooming, and Easter is just around the corner!

   Spring is a time for renewal and new projects. Beginning in just a few days, we will be kicking off our Kickstart Kindness Campaign. Kickstart Kindness is our spring campaign to gather the food, funds and volunteers we need to do all the good we have planned this year. It is because of this campaign that we will be able to keep both our food pantries well equipped to serve our neighbors in need.

   "Sam" is a close personal friend of mine. Disability and the death of a loved one have put my friend and his wife in a terrible place financially. He has more than once asked me for a $25 loan so he can pick up the needed medicine for his wife. I would give him my last dollar to help. (And sometimes I have). Hey, what are friends for? I am so glad that I can use the Cupboard to provide a week's worth of groceries each month for them. It makes a huge difference for them!

   It is because of "Sam" and the 549 other families we serve each month that we created the Cupboard over 8 years ago, so we can help our neighbors in need. We all need a little love and help sometimes.

   In this newsletter you'll read about other ways Common Heart is equipping people to serve and the impact that is being made. As you do, would you consider how you can be more fully engaged in spreading kindness and demonstrating God's love?

Here are some of the things you can do as the Kickstart Kindness campaign gets underway:
  • Become a Patron of the Heart monthly donor. These folks are the base of our support. Because of our Patrons, we have the sure knowledge that we can continue to press ahead serving our neighbors in need. Find out more here.
  • You could kick it up a notch by becoming a Kickstarter for us. We are recruiting friends and supporters who will help us find the funding we need for this "small revolution of kindness." You will be armed with a simple app and website and you can ask your friends to help you Kickstart Kindness by donating to the cause. Become a Kickstarter here.
  • You could get down and dirty in the trenches by hosting a food drive for our pantries. We have a goal to collect 15,000 pounds of groceries this spring to stock up for the summer months. Ask your work colleagues, friends, church members, neighbors, and anyone you know to donate food and bring it in for Common Cupboard. Register your food drive here.
   Thanks for being our friend. During Common Heart's "Year of the Neighbor" look for ways to love your neighbor. The best way to "kickstart kindness" is to be kind.

Thank you donors, supporters, and friends.  Our new truck complete with decals, ready to serve!

With one common heart, 
Keith Signature

Keith Adams                         
Executive Director
Common Heart

Would you like to donate online? CLICK HERE.

Or you can mail your check to Common Heart, PO Box 2761, Indian Trail, NC 28079

Secret Text Sale 3/21/15

50% OFF 
Clothes, Shoes, & Accessories
Our Departments 1 & 2
Saturday 3/21/15
10 am - 5 pm
Can not be combined with other offers

Does not include Swimwear
(Department 12 - Seasonal)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


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