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Clothing store in Bath helping people get back on their feet

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For many in this tough economy, it is a struggle to provide some of the most basic necessities. But a non-profit organization run by volunteers in Bath is determined to change that as much as they can. Our Vince Slomsky tells us about ReThreads and their efforts to provide clothes to those in need.

BATH, N.Y. -- It's not every day you can walk into a clothing store and see prices like these.

"Any tops you wear are a dollar. Slacks are two dollars. Shoes are a dollar unless they're new, then they're two dollars if they're brand new," said Charles Thomas, a volunteer at ReThreads.

The store is called ReThreads. It's located right on Liberty Street in Bath and is run by five volunteers. It's owned by Reverb Ministries, a non-profit organization, with one goal in mind.

"Transforming the community and transforming lives so we can help people in the community," Thomas said.

They say since the economy has taken a dive, the traffic into their store has increased as people look to save some money on basic necessities. They may offer plenty of great deals on clothes and accessories but what they say they really love to offer is to help people get back on their feet.

"For the homeless, fire victims, people just getting out of prison, you know just starting their lives all over. Hopefully we can be an influence to them starting it over in the right way," Thomas said.

Josephine Hall is glad to volunteer her time to help. She has survived cancer five times and this is her way to give back.

"I want to do whatever I can do to help out other people that need the help," said Hall, the supervisor of the store.

If you are really falling on hard times, they will even accept whatever you can give as a donation and they even take vouchers from local charity organizations.

"Come on down, come on down. We'll gladly help you," Hall said.

The store opens throughout the week at 11 a.m. and closes at either 4 or 5 o'clock. They also offer furniture at another location.

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