Customers, volunteers begin petition drive to save store

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 03:44 PM.

CHIPLEY — Local bell-ringer Sherry Barefield is taking to the streets in an effort to save Chipley’s Salvation Army Thrift Store, which has been slated for closing by the Panama City headquarters.

Barefield, of Chipley, said she has been a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army for three years and was alarmed to hear the store was closing.

Barefield said she was a familiar face as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army, and she hoped people would recognize her from her work with the organization and sign her petition.

“The Salvation Army store is there to help people who need the assistance, but if our store closes, there won’t be one left in our area,” Barefield said. “We are circulating a petition, trying to get help saving the store.”

Once the petition campaign is complete, she said she would send down the signatures to the Salvation Army state headquarters in Tampa.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store has been in operation in Chipley for 25 years, Barefield said.

“Washington County is a mostly rural area with a high density of low income residents who will be left without the services of this wonderful organization and the dedicated people who tirelessly and compassionately assist with many needs including providing essential services to help people rehabilitate themselves,” the petition to Tampa headquarters states.

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