ACTS shows they are much more than a thrift shop

To many, the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) is a great little secret store in Clarksville where great deals can be found. To those who know a little bit more about the shop, ACTS is a tremendous symbol of what can be accomplished when several area churches — of different denominations — work together for the common good of the community they serve.

Well, you might be able to add a little more description for ACTS these days. They are potential life-savers.

When ACTS President Karen Lesperance saw a sign at the Millville Volunteer Fire Co. last year stating that the company was trying to raise money for three LUCAS Chest Compression Systems — one for each of the company’s three ambulances — Lesperance wanted to help. Members of ACTS approached the fire company and asked how much they needed to raise to buy the three devices and were told it would cost $45,000.

ACTS decided to donate $30,000 to the company to help them out on this effort.

“It’s not very often I’m speechless,” said Michele Steffens, an EMT who also serves as the MVFC’s financial secretary, “but I was speechless.”

The donating spirit of ACTS was not confined to the MVFC, either. They decided to also donate $15,000 to the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company, who were also blown away by the generosity shown by ACTS.

“Anytime a business or organization partners up with us, it’s huge,” explained Matt Gajdos, fire recorder for the Dagsboro fire company and second vice-president of the state EMS association.

On behalf of our entire community, we want to thank ACTS for their incredibly generous donations to local emergency response teams. Any one of us can be saved because of their massive donations.