Hidden Treasures

A lot of thrift shoppers are in it for the hunt. They love combing through stores, looking for hidden treasures. Sometimes they get lucky. Really, really lucky. 3 Times Treasure Hunters Struck Gold Sean and Rikki McEvoy bought a vintage West Point sweater for less than $1 from an Asheville, NC thrift store. A few […]


Spring Has Sprung and Spring Cleaning Too

Spring Cleaning It’s exciting to see crocuses and Lenten roses blooming around town! The warmer temperatures and bright sunny days have a way of energizing and inspiring us to do more. And spring cleaning is at the top of the list. For many, spring is a time to clean house and take extra, no longer […]


Jody’s Close Call

One Cold Winter Night We begged Jody not to go back outside. “It’s bitterly cold outside. You’ve been drinking and too many things could go wrong,” we warned him as temperatures dipped into the 20s. But Jody would have none of it. When we took away his bottle of mouthwash — a source of alcohol often used by people […]


When Volunteers Inspire

Justin’s email Sometimes volunteers are the ones who push our staff to be better. Recently, we got an email Justin, one of our managers at KARM Stores. In the email, Justin tells the story of Gregory, a volunteer who inspires him to do his job with excellence. I was blessed in getting the Store Manager […]


40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

In four weeks, on Wednesday, February 14th, the season of Lent begins. Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and preparation for Easter. It has been observed by Christ followers for hundreds of years. What is 40 Bags in 40 Days? More recently, the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge has made its way across social […]


Endings and New Beginnings

Celebrating KARM Stores in Clinton On Saturday, January 13th at 7:00 PM, KARM Stores in Clinton will close its doors for the final time. Over the past four years, we have enjoyed being part of the community in Clinton – receiving donors, serving customers, and working alongside volunteers. It has been a great run. Thank […]


No Longer a Drifter

From One Disaster to Another Richard has seen more than his share of disasters. He was living in New Orleans when the floods came and wiped him out. So he jumped at the chance to move to Gatlinburg when a new friend promised him a job. But that, too, was a disaster. Turns out his […]


10 Christmas Gift Ideas You Can Find At KARM Stores

Christmas shopping can get out of hand really fast. If you’re on a budget, it’s not practical to spend hundreds of dollars on Christmas gifts. You’re in luck! Because KARM Stores has so many fabulous items, you can find some great Christmas gifts for the people on your list. Keep these tips in mind Many […]


No Longer Hungry

Mark’s Story Homelessness for Mark looked like this – sleeping on the street, having his belongings stolen, getting beat up for the few dollars in his pocket, and not knowing where his next meal would come from. He was hungry and alone. A lot of the guests at KARM have a similar story. This Thanksgiving, […]


The Search for MORE

Most guests come to KARM in crisis. They need a meal or a place to sleep. Just behind those basic needs are other needs. Many of our guests have watched their lives derail and don’t know what to do to get their lives back on track. They want more for themselves. A life of significance. […]