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New Thrift Store Opens In Lewes, Hopes To Help Veterans

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LEWES, Del. - A new thrift store opened its doors this weekend in Lewes, one of nearly a dozen along Route One.  The family behind American Veterans Thrift Shore isn't looking to make money for themselves, but do some good for the soldiers who have helped protect others.

It was a dream born out of a need the Cooley's saw from local soldiers who were back in the country from war.

"Our veterans coming back, and it's six months out, three months out, nine months waiting for checks and needing help...not getting it," says one of the owners, Liz Cooley.

She and her husband Preston,  both military vets who met and married while in the Army, poured their life savings into this thrift store.  Their mission is to raise money for local veterans programs, like Home Of The Brave, and The Wounded Warrior Project.

"Right now, we're kinda in a daze at how fast things are moving," chimed in Preston Cooley.

Just past their opening day, it's been only a month since the couple signed the lease on the shop, and the Cooley's say it's support from the community that's been the key to getting it off the ground, with donations coming in from as far as Baltimore.

"The power is in the quantity of people and the quality of people that are willing to sacrifice something, however small it may be, to help these people," says Preston Cooley.

Liz believes, "if we could help one veteran, and week...or if we couldn't help but one a month, at least we have done something."

For more information on American Veteran's Thrift Store, call 302-703-6406.  They're located at 34396 Tenley Court in Lewes.

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