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AARC’s Christmas store opens Friday, Oct. 25

The Myrt Armstrong Christmas store in the Abused Adult Resource Center’s Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store opens this Friday, Oct. 25.

The Christmas store premiere is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, with the entire store also open until 8 p.m.

The store is named in honor of the late Myrt Armstrong, who originated the idea of the Christmas store.

Located in the lower level of the Seeds of Hope, 520 E. Main, the Christmas store features a vast assortment of unique holiday gifts and decorations. Dorinda Eckroth, assistant store manager, said the Christmas store includes all sizes of Christmas trees, Nativity scenes, home goods, wreaths, vintage decorations, lights, yard decorations, linens, gift bags/wrapping, floral, ornaments and many other one-of-a-kind holiday items. If you have interest in Pinterest, then Seeds of Hope is the place for you, she said.

New items are added daily. Donations of holiday items are appreciated now and throughout the year.

The Christmas store’s normal hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through the end of the holiday season.

Volunteers are needed for the store, especially on Saturdays, helping with displays, customer service and cashiering, according to Lisa Ternes, store manager. Volunteers can come in part of a day, not necessarily the whole day, she said. Anyone interested in volunteering at the store should call 222-8895 for Dorinda.

Sales proceeds from the Christmas store and the Seeds of Hope are used by the AARC in its mission to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in a seven-county area in south-central North Dakota.