Extreme Makeover: Salvation Army Edition

Christopher Kaufman receives a plaque of appreciation from Major David Wetzel of the Salvation Army on Thursday afternoon during the grand opening of the thrift store in Carlisle, PA.

Photo Courtesy of  Jason Malmont at The Sentinel

The Salvation Army of Carlisle, PA received a fabulous makeover thanks to one hard-working high school Senior. After months of planning, organizing and 300 hours of physical labor, Christopher Kaufman reflects in The Sentinel on the Eagle Scout project that took him over two years to accomplish.

“It definitely took up some of my free time this summer, but it was worth it.”

From conception to completion, Chris planned every detail of the renovation which included raising the funds, doubling the size of the display area, adding closet style areas, bins and shelving, installing counters, repainting, and waxing the floors.

And the employees are grateful too! “It’s wonderful. The goal was to give people the feeling of being in a boutique and Chris has more than accomplished that”, said Maureen Mahr, Business Administrator for the Salvation Army.

Many people think the thrift stores are simply tangible donations but there’s more to the story. If you’d like to learn more about how the Salvation Army thrift stores benefit Adult Rehabilitation Centers, visit www.satruck.org.

Read the full story in The Sentinel by clicking here.