As we prayed, God opened doors for us to receive clothing donations and other household items that could be used to help families in need in the communities around us. What started on a small scale has now grown into a much larger ministry and we found ourselves in a position where we had to rent a warehouse at the rear of 401 East Locust Street in Dallastown in order to give us the needed space to carry on God’s work.
Donated items are sorted, sized, folded or hung and then displayed in such a way to make it easy for shoppers. Items are minimally priced in order to cover operating expenses for the ministry such as warehouse rent, utilities, supplies, etc. Extra money throughout the year is then designated for various outreach projects by the Shining Light board members. We have had the privilege of helping a local missionary, 2 cancer patients, New Life for Girls, Back to School Fun Day and a Drive-Through Nativity as well as several thousand people who have entered our doors over the past 3 years. God even provided a way for us to share stained or torn clothing to be turned into pocketbooks for chronically ill children through “Caitlin’s Smiles” and quilts for babies in hospitals. Our mission is to reach as many people as possible and share with others what God so freely gives to us!
Our work hours at the warehouse are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. We are open to the public as an indoor yard sale 6 times throughout the year, but anyone who needs us at ANY TIME throughout the year can call Pat Beck at 244-0239 or 818-2189 to make arrangements for a private appointment. Families who cannot financially afford the minimal prices we use on our items are given what they need with no strings attached. We let them know they owe us nothing but they can give back to others by sharing a random act of kindness with someone else.
As you can imagine, there is much work that needs to be done and we are in need of many volunteers to keep this ministry moving forward. It is not difficult work and there is always a job for anyone…from the youngest to the oldest! If you are interested in volunteering or know of anyone in need, we would love to have you get in touch with us! Helping people in need and seeing the faces of appreciation of those we help goes beyond what words can express! God loves us all and He wants us to share that love with the world…so send it on!
2017 Dates and Times Open To Public:
Fridays 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Saturdays 8:00AM to 2:00PM
March 24 & 25
April 7 & 8 (Only if snow date for March 24 & 25)
May 5 & 6
June 9 & 10
September 1 & 2
November 3 & 4
December 1 & 2