Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is getting a head start on the holiday season with a Christmas pop-up shop in West Knoxville.
“We have items that are donated yearlong, we save those up and keep them in the warehouse. Then come October, we have little elves and it takes about a week and we set up the store,” said Victoria
Holland, the Director of Operations at KARM.
At the store you’ll find thousands of new and gently used items like Christmas trees, nativity sets and keepsakes.
KARM volunteers say that every two dollars you spend go toward a meal for a homeless person in the community.
“You’re getting your treasure and you’re also giving back as well,” said Holland.
KARM provides more than one thousand meals a day to people in need.
Holland adds, “We have overnight housing, we provide emergency services. We do job training.”
Bob Watson is shopping and enjoying his time browsing.
“We do this every year. We just love to walk around, look at the trees, look at everything. It brings a sparkle to your eyes,” said Watson. “I love Christmas, this is my favorite time of year.”
It’s the time of year to give and Watson knows his purchase is going to a good cause.
“There’s so many people if you just look around that need help. It just breaks your heart. They need so much,” said Watson.
Last year the Christmas store made enough money from sales to make 50,000 meals for people at the homeless shelter.
If you want to check out the store, it is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Turkey Creek location is at 9629 Parkside Drive in Knoxville.