Ready for a Spring Refresh?

The weather in East Tennessee can be wild. Some days we can experience all four seasons. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to break out the warm weather clothes! Clothing KARM Stores has transitioned its inventory from winter apparel to summer apparel! At all of our locations, you can now find the shorts, dresses, […]


Don’s Story and His Decision to Volunteer

“There, but for the grace of God, go I.” That is the answer Don gave when asked why he volunteers at KARM Stores in Oak Ridge.  He has been a weekly regular volunteer at the Oak Ridge location for a year. Don’s story begins three decades before he began volunteering for KARM.  He has been […]


Leslie Is An Overcomer

Overcoming Addiction After two failed marriages, Leslie tried everything to fill the void in her life. “I tried filling it with pain pills to ease the migraines, alcohol, men in my life, material things. Nothing worked until I came to KARM’s Serenity women’s program and got back with the Lord.” Leslie says her new life feels great. “I haven’t […]


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 […]