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Fergus Falls Thrift Store Pays it Forward

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Our local thrift stores can be a blessing for those in need, but few do as much good as the one that just opened up in Fergus Falls this week.

Janie Anderson knows the best things in life don't cost much.

"It's been non-stop customers, and I am so thankful for all their support," she said, wrapping up the first week All in One Thrift Store was open for business.

This thrift store has been a longtime dream for her.

"I'm proud of her, I mean, she's been trying for a long time do this and me too," Kris Anderson, her husband, said. "It's been our missions to fulfill what we've received."

Kris has also been bound to cause because this pair is selling more than gently used goods.

They're paying off a debt.

"The churches and different organizations helped us out financially," Janie said.

When the Anderson's three kids were born with medical complications, the good will of their neighbors sought them through.

"I've been very grateful for it, with her being laid up for months and years, it's been hard for me," Kris said of the generosity of his community. "I've had so many jobs."

Now, Janie is working to return the favor. One sale at a time.

She says her customers are jumping on board, donating even their change to her cause.

The money earned here won't go home to this struggling couple, however.

It will be donated to a different charity every month.

"It's a lot of work, but we have been having faith in God to show us the way and he's been doing very good for us and I'm blessed for that," Kris said.

Kris and Janie now count themselves rich with the value of giving thanks.

This month those proceeds will go to a local women's shelter to help battered women and children.

As their business grows, the Andersons say they'll be partnering with more churches and non-profits in the community.

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