‘Love’ lightens holiday load

Mandy Riggers, manager of Covered with Love, Love INC’s in-house thrift store, adjusts items on the shelf during the store’s Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 19. Riggers and staff had to stop halfway through the sale and restock shelves because so many folks turned out for the event.
Mandy Riggers, manager of Covered with Love, Love INC’s in-house thrift store, adjusts items on the shelf during the store’s Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 19. Riggers and staff had to stop halfway through the sale and restock shelves because so many folks turned out for the event. Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Covered with Love, Love INC’s on-site consignment shop, had a Family Shopping Day on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mandy Riggers, manager of Covered with Love, said the turn out for the sale was overwhelming.

Halfway through, she and her staff had to restock shelves.

Many people were helped, she said.

This year in particular, many Huntington residents needed a little help this holiday season.

One shopper stopped on her way out of the store and asked Riggers, “Can I give you a hug?”

Riggers explained that the shopper has recently found herself unemployed and the only help she has at this time is her grandmother, whose only income is Social Security Insurance(SSI).

Another shopper, while checking out, stated with tears in her eyes, “You have no idea how much help this was.”

“I wasn’t going to be able to buy presents for my grandchildren.”

Riggers was hardly able to choke back tears as she explained what a “blessing” the sale that day was for so many.

The store was full of shoppers, and cars lined the streets around the store for the duration of the sale.

All were invited to shop at the store for brand new items including toys, health and beauty items, jewelry and clothing.

Most brand-new items were priced at or below $2.50.

Five-dollar gift certificates were also available for purchase in advance of the sale, to help children shop for their parents at the sale. Gift wrapping materials were provided for any child shopping for Christmas gifts.

Christmas treats like cookies and candy were available to shoppers free of charge.

A brand-new Step 2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen toy was also given away to a raffle winner over the weekend. The item is valued at $280.