The first charity shop was opened by the “Priateli / Friends” Foundation in Veliko Tarnovo.
This newly open charity shop fits in 20 sqm of space, where volunteer sells clothing, books, toys and other donations to gether funds for charity.
Christine Fox is a retired teacher living in Bulgaria and the founder of “Priateli / Friends.” She moved here 6 years ago and priateli is one first Bulgarian words she learns and she says it is the most accurate word to convey idea of non-traditional store.
Besides clothes, books and toys, the shop sells home appliances, necessities for children and disabled people, as well as home-made jam prepared by her daughter.
The funds collected go to orphanages in the area, as well as to people in need in less populated areas. The shop is run by volunteers who generously donate their time and efforts.
Sofia is the mother of two children and a CIT teacher at a local school. She is the only Bulgarian who helps in the store. She says Bulgarians still remain very sceptic to the idea and purpose of charity shops.
Charity has become a way of life for the volunteers of “Friends” and hope to promote the idea of cooperation in Veliko Tarnovo.