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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

One blessing leads to another in ML

Both customers and donations down in store that funds food bank


Last updated 3/7/2019 at 8:40pm

Lee Hughes

Anne Starr, director of Medical Lake's Care and Share. The thrift store is the primary funding source for the Medical Lake Food Bank, which serves over 500 people each month.

When is a business a business, and when is it part of the fabric of a community? Medical Lake may find out soon if things don't turn around for Care and Share, the 30-year-old landmark thrift store on Lefevre Street.

That's because Care and Share isn't just a thrift store, but the financial lifeblood of the Medical Lake Food Bank.

The do-it-yourself culture of the Internet has taken its toll on donations at the Care and Share, like it has many other brick-and-mortar stores, according to Director Anne Starr. The cold and snow isn't helping either.

"The weather is killing us," Starr said. "...

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