Thrift store raises money for childhood cancer research

For some people, particularly women, shopping cures a lot of ills.

In this case, it can actually help cure childhood cancer.

Sarah Thorton opened Joshua's' Smiles Thrift store on Moody Road in Warner Robins last month.

She did it in honor of her son, 11-year-old Joshua Thorton.

The Hilltop Elementary student died last September after fighting leukemia.

All the items are donated, and all the proceeds go to childhood cancer research.

Sarah says raising money helps other children, and working at the store helps the family cope.

She said, "I feel like being able to work here, being able to talk about him daily, it's healing for me. It's not anything you ever get over. I'm always going to miss Joshua. That's a given. That's never going to change, but I love the idea of being able to talk about him on a daily basis."

Joshua's Smiles Thrift Store is located at 2611C Moody Road, in front of the old Food Lion store.

It's open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. It closes early on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.


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