BuddyCheck24: Fresno thrift retailer elevating cash for American Most cancers Society

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – As we near Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, there is a unique opportunity to support the fight against breast cancer and perhaps collect a treasure or two along the way.

Saving for treasures, hunting for special or useful items at a bargain price. It happens every day at the American Cancer Discovery Shop in Fresno.

“We just have a nice shop. It’s not marketed like a thrift store. It really is a beautiful boutique, ”explains Branch Manager Bonnie O’neal.

Saturday September 25th marks 56 years for Discovery Shops. Founded in Los Angeles in 1965 by a woman named Denise Noel, who socialized with the Hollywood elite and raised money for the American Cancer Society through the sale of her donated goods.

Today 45 Discovery Shops are scattered across California, including the one in Bullard and West in Fresno.

The store is beautifully decorated by store volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors. It is filled with donated clothing for men, women and children. And household and decorative items galore, with all proceeds going towards research, education and support for cancer patients.

“Absolutely, that’s the main reason we’re here and it feels good every day to know,” said O’Neal.

The Discovery shop also stocks wigs donated by local wig shops. Cancer patients can choose one for free.
“And if you need one more, you can come back and get a new one,” O’Neal explained.

Every item on display has been curated for quality. Some of it is extremely high-end. In fact, on October 28th for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, customers will be able to shop from a special collection of designer clothes and accessories.

“We saved goods, as you can see. We have some nice, nice items here. Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, ”said O’Neal.

Whether you donate to the shop or buy here, it’s a win all round.

With the ultimate winner is the American Cancer Society and the important community it serves.

The Fresno Discovery Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. You can support it by shopping to donate your used items, with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Fresno Hearth Division hiring 42 firefighters with new grant cash

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – The Fresno Fire Department will soon have over 40 new firefighters on its team.

The much-needed help is thanks to a scholarship that the department just received this week.

Almost 32,000 service calls and 5,000 fires – that is what the Fresno Fire Department has been confronted with since the beginning of 2021.

“This fire department is a great group of men and women who answer calls every day, regardless of their size,” said Kerri Donis, Fresno chief fire officer.

With only 81 firefighters on duty every day, they work with almost the same number of staff as in 1980, but a newly awarded SAFER scholarship adds 42 recruits to the team.

“The SAFER grant will cover 100% of the salary and social benefits of the fire fighters over a period of three years,” explained Donis. “To give the city time to cover these costs.”

This also increases the daily workforce to 95 firefighters on duty.

“Moving the needle to 95 is a big leap forward,” said Donis. “Most subway fire departments our size run around 120-140 a day, so we still have a long way to go, but that’s a big leap.”

The department applied for the $ 12.6 million grant earlier this year and says the additional funding will allow them to better serve their citizens and protect the safety of firefighters.

“By May 2022 we will all have 42 in the field and deploy more emergency teams, more firefighters and better reaction times,” Donis continues.

You went through the application process with the first grade from October.

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Pop-up retailer in central Fresno elevating cash for human trafficking survivors

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – A pop-up store is open in downtown Fresno this weekend.

The find is located in the Manchester Center on Shields and Blackstone.

Everything in the store has been donated by McCaffery Homes so that the organization behind the store can raise money for a cause they care about.

All proceeds from this weekend will go directly to a workforce re-entry program that aims to get trafficked survivors back on their feet in the Central Valley.

“The find is the absolute heartbeat of what community is,” says Andrea Shabaglian. “Here we have a generous organization and company, McCaffery Homes donating to the organization.”

If you missed Saturday and want to try The Find, don’t worry.

The shop reopens for four hours on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

The organizers also say they will have a more permanent location in the coming weeks.

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Rapper ‘Cash Luggage’ arrested in Fresno with counterfeit cash and prop weapons utilized in music movies, police say

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – Fresno police arrested a man they called a “would-be rapper” with counterfeit money and props for music videos Thursday morning.

Officials said they were checking the welfare of a child around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening when they were talking to a woman who may have been a victim.

Police passed “money bags” Thursday morning, the real name of which is Devon Watson.

During the traffic obstruction, Fresno police said they found the wrong money and guns for rap videos.

Watson was arrested on a Los Angeles warrant. No other charges were filed.