Women from Lutheran churches in the Saginaw area came together in 1982 to find ways to support the ministries of Samaritas, which is the fifth largest non-profit and is also the largest foster care program in the state of Michigan. The idea of a thrift store that would provide low-income families and families in need with high quality merchandise at affordable prices or direct donation for them appealed to their sense of serving both their community and Samaritas ministries. Volunteers traveled around Michigan sharing their idea with congregations as far north as Alpena and as far south as Detroit. As donations began to pour in, teams of volunteers from area churches came together to remodel the former Unemployment Office at 2114 N. Michigan in Saginaw, which they had purchased from the state of Michigan.

On June 3, 1983 the Action Thrift Store celebrated their grand opening with much excitement and enthusiasm. The store has undergone significant changes in its 33-year history. Initially, the sale of good used clothing was the primary focus. To date, over a half million dollars has been awarded in the form of grants from the Action Thrift Store to the Samaritas organization.

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