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West Thrift Store Asking for Help

WEST (December 28, 2013) As things in West slowly return to normal after the explosion, one thrift shop manager said the demand for donations continues to rise.

Maria Galvan runs West Thrift Shop which is downtown just off Oak Street.

Galvan's store was badly damaged in the explosion, but she still worked around the clock, seven days a week to help residents.

"My windows were gone," Galvan said. "They were shattered. I didn't have any of them."

For six weeks after the explosion, she gave out free merchandise to victims.

"I told my boss that I was going to run the store for a while without anyone having to pay for anything," Galvan said.

Galvan said it was not a decision typical for a business manager but it was a decision typical for the people of West.

"My heart goes out to all the people who can't hear now, who can't see, can't walk," Galvan said. "I hope that things start getting better for them this year."

Galvan is now asking for help with donations.

She said the store is low on household items, baby clothing and blankets.

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