August 8, 2014 8:41 pm
Updated: August 8, 2014 9:51 pm

Bissell Centre surpasses fundraising goal to restore thrift shoppe

Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe in central Edmonton destroyed by fire Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Eric Szeto, Global News

EDMONTON – Less than two months after a massive blaze destroyed its temporary thrift shoppe, the Bissell Centre has reached its fundraising goal to restore the centre.

Fire tore through the Bissell Centre’s original Thrift Shoppe in September 2013, forcing the organization to open a temporary location. But just nine months later, a blaze destroyed that location, as well.

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Following the second fire, the centre was flooded with support from the public, eager to donate goods.

Two weeks ago, an online fire relief fundraiser was launched in hopes of raising $25,000 to re-open the doors of the original thrift shoppe. And on Friday, the Bissell Centre announced it reached and surpassed its goal.

“Together, we raised $33,720!! That’s $8,720 over and above our $25,000 goal. We are so grateful!” the Bissell Centre’s website read.

The Bissell Centre hopes to reopen the doors of its thrift shoppe by late October.

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