Boys ranch store seeks volunteers

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Lives Under Construction (LUC) Boys Ranch thrift store, the Trading Post, needs volunteers to help with the increasing donations and traffic through the store.

The store is located at Carr Lane Junction, near the intersection of Missouri Hwy. 86 and Hwy. 39.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and display donated items for sale as well as help at the register.

The Trading Post consists of three warehouses, stocked full of handmade crafts, appliances, furniture, household items, collectables, and more.

"Our boys (LUC) residents are involved in the daily operations of the thrift store. They learn marketing skills, customer service, product placement, advertising, and basic cleaning and maintenance," said Ken Ortman, LUC administrator. "One of our most recent graduates, Brock, is now working at the store full-time."

The LUC Trading Post provides a shopping outlet for residents and tourists to purchase handmade crafts and other new and used items at discounted prices. The store features buffalo meat, a western delicacy, originating from LUC's own homegrown bison.

LUC Boys Ranch encompasses just under 300 acres in the rolling hills of Lampe, Mo.

Opening its doors in 1982 with very humble beginnings, the Boys Ranch has been home to hundreds of at-risk boys. Boys have been placed at LUC Boys Ranch for various reasons including disrespect towards authority, self-destructive behavior, alcohol/drug abuse, violence and aggression, chronic truancy, and emotional problems.

All proceeds from the sale of items sold at the Trading Post are reinvested into LUC's residential treatment program.

The store's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on volunteering at the Trading Post call Karen at the store at (417) 858-8181.

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