Gift and thrift helps those in need

Marie Best, left, and Tim Melton, above, operate Beachtown Charities Thrift and Gift in the Taft District of Lincoln City. Since the start of the pandemic, they’ve gifted $12,000 to local organizations helping those in need. Tim Melton displays the glass floats, which he says he’s selling in record numbers in spite of the closures due to the pandemic. Kathleen Roth, right, and Susan Nelson are part of Warm and Dry, a program to help homeless and needy clean bedding and clothing each month at Posh Wash in Lincoln City. (Photos by Cheri Brubaker)

LINCOLN CITY — Beachtown Charities Thrift and Gift at 5128 SE Highway 101 in the Taft District of Lincoln City operates as a gift shop, a thrift store and a charity. Marie Best and Tim Melton, the couple behind Beachtown Charities which operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, have donated $7,000 and 3,000 pounds of clothing, as well as provided food for Otis Support Relief. 

Beachtown Charities made a $500 cash donation each to: Coastal Support Services/R.I.S.E. fire relief distribution and homeless food lunch program, Lincoln City Warm and Dry Program, Beach Buddies Down’s Syndrome Support Group, Lincoln City Homeless Solutions, Family Promise of Lincoln City’s Pines Project and family support, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church for fire relief distribution, New Life Foursquare for fire relief distribution and the Agape Fellowship Church Disadvantaged and Homeless Food Program. They provided $1,000 to Backpacks for Kids.

Asked how they came to be in a position to donate so much, Melton said that in spite of the virus, business has been good this year. “We live very modestly,” he said. They do it because they can, Melton explained. “We support the homeless and the disadvantaged.” Mainly, they want to walk the talk, he said.

In the thrift store, Melton indicated the $3 rack of clothing, which can be purchased using vouchers that Beachtown issues. Those without funds can request an application for a $12 voucher in person, which can then be used to purchase clothing or housewares. Melton noted that victims of the recent fires can request a $50 voucher to purchase clothing and housewares.

Adjacent to the thrift store is a gift shop filled with colorful glass floats, jewelry and clothing. Though closed during the early months of the pandemic, Melton said that business has been doing well. There are many visitors, he said, who frequently purchase the colorful glass floats priced at $50.

Melton indicated they always welcome volunteers, as well as quality donations.

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