Friday, February 7, 2014
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce members celebrated the grand opening of the Upscale Resale store in the Applewood Restaurant building in Litchfield on Wednesday afternoon.
The founder of St. Christopher’s Children, the board members, volunteers and the Litchfield community participated in a red ribbon cutting ceremony.
Cassandra Henderson, a Pawleys Island resident stopped in the new store to browse and found a new scarf.
“A friend of mine told me about the store and the St. Christopher’s organization.”
“I had to come because it’s for a good cause”, said Henderson.
Barbara Call of Pawleys Island also found a beautiful hand bag that she purchased.
Upscale Resale is a jewel, located across the hall from the Applewood Restaurant.
The store has upscale merchandise that’s sold at thrift store prices, and all of the proceeds go to children in Georgetown County for dental work and clothing.
Upscale Resale was a dream that was started by Beverly Dougherty.
She was the person with the vision that put all of this together, said Susan Sennigan, one of the board members.
She was the one that got the board of directors to embrace the idea.
Ms. Dougherty found the building and spent endless hours getting donations and soliciting volunteers, added Sennigan.
“Helping children in crisis! When no one else is there,” is a motto for Robert Pelletier, founder of St. Christopher’s Children.
“We thought about opening something like this to help support St. Christopher’s.”
The store’s staff is all volunteer, and we are currently on Facebook, said Pelletier.
The burdens endured by many children in our community are difficult to comprehend. These “shadow children,” unseen until a crisis occurs, are St. Christopher’s Children. A community-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, St. Christopher’s Children purchases basic clothing for children in critical need and refers them to medical professionals when no one else is there.
Some of the children have a real challenge with dental cosmetology.
We serve 19 school systems in Georgetown County.
We support the children with clothing and dental work, and everything is donated.
The dental work is done by an orthodontist, who’s also one of the board members.
He provides 50 percent of the cost and St. Christopher’s provides the remaining 50 percent.
The children’s names are anonymous; we do not know the children.
The school nurse provides us with the children that are in need and we provide help for these children, added board member Ron Gilbert.
Dr. Martin Rosol, one of the board members and also an orthodontist evaluates the children and prioritizes these children based on their financial situations.
Medicaid does not pay for orthodontist treatments.
St. Christopher’s Children have served 100 children and there is currently a waiting list.
At the end of the celebration, refreshments were served.
Kathryn Bishop (business consulting) coordinated the event with the help of volunteers Karen Coyne and Phyllis Wrigglesworth.