Customer Spotlight: Christy (and Her Bear)

Christy is one of our customers at KARM Stores on Chapman Highway. She deals with several health issues and has special needs. Once a week, I get to talk to her and she checks to see what kind of stuffed animals we have. When she feels up to visiting, we pick out that special stuffed animal and […]


Encouragement from a KARM Stores Donor

Recently, a donor visited KARM Stores in Oak Ridge to make a donation. After receiving his donation, the gentleman left and returned later that afternoon to share this encouragement. I get joy knowing that instead of a person sleeping on a cardboard box, they get to sleep in a bed. I get joy knowing that a person who might go […]


The Impact of Donated Time | Two Volunteer Groups Add to the KARM Story

In a culture where time is so quickly equated to money, volunteering time has become a donation that surpasses understanding. Joy Blackwell, manager of KARM Stores located on Chapman Highway, mentioned the recent volunteer work at her store. “These groups reveal Christ by working hard and caring for others,” she said. “They listened to the story […]


May I listen In? | A Customer Joins In Our Daily Devotion

One morning at Halls, as we were doing our daily devotion, our group was a little larger than normal. We were hosting a volunteer group so we spilled out around the register as we all gathered to listen. With everything going on, it was a little later than normal so there were a couple more customers in […]


A Change In Perspective | Who is homeless?

Knowing I am making a difference in the lives of a homeless family by working at KARM Stores is rewarding in itself.  For those who have not encountered someone without a home, “homeless” can be a vague term. I often think of someone who is maybe in their 30s, whose life has fallen through the cracks of today’s […]


An 11-year old volunteer shares the story of KARM

On Sunday, March 22nd, I had the great pleasure of helping lead a group of volunteers in repainting the Alcoa location of KARM Stores. This group was from Foothills Church so my small group was involved, which means my son (who is 11 years old and struggles with Autism) participated under the careful supervision of my […]


Come on in. You’re safe here.

  “Come on in. You’re safe here.”  It sounds like a simple welcome, but those words can be life-changing for many who come to KARM, like Sherry.  To hear more of her story, click here.


Visit your local Food City and drop off your donation to KARM Stores

Next week, on Wednesday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 25th, KARM Stores is collecting donations at 13 Knoxville area Food City locations as part of their weeklong Earth Day activities. We’re excited to partner with them for the second year in a row. Visit one of the 13 Food City locations with your gently-used clothing […]


Working Through Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Perhaps the warmer temperatures have you considering the annual ritual of systematically removing items collected over the cold weather months. Or maybe you just finished reading the global best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and you’re now itching to eliminate those items that don’t “spark joy”. Whatever the reason, now is as good a time […]