A new store in Burlington with the same name as the town made a big donation to a homeless shelter on the same day it opened its doors to shoppers.
The Burlington clothing store donated six pallets stacked with boxes of new housewares and clothing during its grand opening on Sept. 26 to Skagit Friendship House in Mount Vernon.
“There was clothing, car seats, strollers, household items, towels and bedding among other things,” said Tina Tate, executive director of Friendship House. Tate said she had to borrow a big box truck and driver from the company where she formerly worked to pick up everything.
“The store filled up the truck three-quarters of the way! It was amazing!” she said, noting that the goods will be put to good use in the two houses and kitchen the shelter operates and by the homeless people who stay there.
Tate said the store also held a charity day featuring a promotion to benefit six different charities. Proceeds from that event “has and will help Friendship House tremendously,” she said.