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Stone Soup manager Becky Monson prepares to help customer David Thompson, of Cottage Grove, with his purchases. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)

Lean times at Stone Soup Thrift Shop in St. Paul Park

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More than a few struggling families, wiped out by fire, flood or financial calamity, have been able to make a new start thanks to Stone Soup Thrift Shop.


Since it opened in 1997, the thrift store in St. Paul Park has given away virtually tons of gently used furniture, clothing and household items to the homeless and financially distressed. So far this year, they have assisted 334 children, 356 adults and 51 seniors, said Majel Carroll, board president of Stone Soup.

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William Loeffler
William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 
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