UPDATE NOV. 28, 2018: As we previously reported, a car crashed into the St. Vincent de Paul thrift Store in Burien on Monday, Nov. 26, injuring and sending an employee inside to the hospital, and staff says the store may be closed for nearly a full month. Other employees barely escaped being hit by the vehicle, while others feel traumatized by the incident, according to Meghan Gescher, Administrative/Volunteer Coordinator. Losses from the crash could total more than $100,000, “and that is an extraordinarily difficult amount for us to make up,” Meghan adds. “That is why we need financial assistance from compassionate neighbors who know our value and want to help.” The accident happened when a customer was picking up a brand new mattress from the store and her vehicle crashed through a pickup door and caused serious damage. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. “Our store has serious structural damage generated by the accident and insurance and engineering officials are assessing that loss,” Meghan said. “The likelihood is that our Burien store will be closed for close to a month and our employees will be without work.” Meghan adds:

The loss in sales from the damage associated with this accident will affect St. Vincent’s ability to pay our employees and will negatively influence our ability to care for neighbors who we serve everyday with eviction prevention assistance. This is particularly true in South King County and Burien in particular, which has been recently in the news.
HOW TO HELP If you can help, please donate online at www.svdpseattle.org, or email Jim McFarland at jimm@svdpseattle.org. St. Vicent de Paul’s Thrift Store is located at 13445 1st Ave South: ]]>

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