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TODAY news for Thursday, July 2, 2007

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School of Nursing HOT store offers great deals to assist students

Looking for top of the line name-brand clothing? Look no further—HOT is here. The House of Thrift is back at it, filling up the store with all new merchandise. HOT is owned and operated by the Loma Linda School of Nursing Alumni Association. The proceeds from HOT go to provide current and prospective students with scholarship dollars that will help them further their education.

Through proceeds, the HOT store provides School of Nursing students between $20,000 and $30,000 in scholarships. Although in the past the HOT store was able to provide much larger financial support to students, the HOT store still provides whatever it can in support for nursing students. 

“The difference between us and other thrift stores is that all we sell is name-brand clothing and have a special vintage section in the store that attracts most of our buyers,” says Joni Jones, manager of HOT.

All of the new and used name-brand clothing, accessories, toys, books, appliances, and other items are all donated. Unsold merchandise is then packaged and sent to several organizations, including Adventist Development Relief Agency International (ADRA), Banning and La Sierra Community Services, House of Mercy in Mexico, Loma Linda Romanian Church, and the Banning School District.

Last year, clothes, bedding, food, and other items valued at more than $500,000 were donated to these institutions.

“I have a passion for helping others,” says Ms. Jones. “That’s what this job really calls for—passionate, caring people.”

HOT is also active in the community. The HOT store’s annual business expo, held this year on June 3, gave the community a chance to get a taste of businesses like HomeTown Buffet, Sam’s Club, and Napoli Restaurant. Not only were there great food and fellowship, but prizes and give-a-ways.

The House of Thrift Secondhand Store is located at 24871 Redlands Boulevard, in Loma Linda.

For more information on upcoming events, donating items, or volunteering at the store, please call Joni Jones at (909) 796-2812.

By Michael Conner II

TODAY news for Thursday, July 2, 2007