Extraordinary People Facing Difficult Obstacles

In today’s world, employees feel they face difficult obstacles each day.  For the ordinary person, making the effort to work with a minor illness, such as a cold, may be considered an obstacle that is difficult to achieve. But what about the obstacles that extraordinary people face? It is my pleasure to work with an […]


Every $2.00 Spent Buys a Meal

I was checking out a gentleman at the register the other day. His total came to approximately $160.00, as I believe he was buying some items for his home. After the transaction was over, I told him he helped provide over 80 meals at the shelter. He was completed shocked elated. I had never seen […]


KARM Stores’ Jobs – Employment with Meaning and Purpose – Part 2

In our last blog, we shared some of our employee’s comments from our 2014 Employee Engagement Survey. In that survey, we asked our employees to share what KARM Stores does positively to make it a place where people would want to work. As we began to re-read each of these comments, we were so uplifted […]


Employment with Meaning and Purpose

KARM Stores is a Christian business helping to financially support Knox Area Rescue Ministries, a gospel-based mission. In our 2014 Employee Engagement Survey, we asked our employees to anonymously share their opinions of what KARM Stores does positively to make it a place where people would want to work. We were overwhelmed with the encouraging […]


A much needed prayer

As one of our regular customers stood in the check out line, an observant sales associate watched as she placed a prayer request in our prayer box. Bobby, the associate, couldn’t help but notice the tears in her eyes. After she had checked out Bobby walked with her to the door. He asked, “If you […]


Your Christmas Shopping Can Provide a Meal at KARM

Did you know that your holiday (and every-other-day) shopping can help provide food and shelter to guests at Knox Area Rescue Ministries? Simply start your shopping experience at smile.amazon.com. Choose Knox Area Rescue Ministries as your favorite charitable organization. Select from the products available at Amazon.com and make your purchase. Every time you make a […]


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas at KARM Stores

We have been blessed to have three different groups of teenagers help in preparing our Christmas store for opening. Before beginning each volunteer opportunity, I asked the volunteers this question “When you hear ‘Christmas’, what do you think of?” As you can imagine, the answers included “presents”, “trees”, “decorations”, and “Santa”. Essentially, everything you might […]


Jonathan’s Legacy

As my team and I started our day, a donor pulled up to leave a donation. The donor began explaining she was donating items that had belonged to her son, Jonathan, who had passed away just a few weeks ago. She showed pictures of Jonathan and told us that he played football at Oak Ridge […]


The Perfect Fit

We had a customer come in looking for boots about a month ago.  One of our sales associates tried to find this man a pair of boots, but we did not have the type he needed for work. He left his name and number for us to contact if we had boots come in that would […]


10, 9, 8, 7, 6 … What a Launch It Was!

Michael S. joined LaunchPoint class #18 at a time when he was torn between needing employment and committing to a four-week class. He trusted God and joined LaunchPoint, giving himself passionately to the process and enthusiastically singing the opening song louder than any previous participant. During the third week of class, Michael’s table facilitator learned of […]