Texoma store gives back to people in need

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

SHERMAN, TX -- A new Texoma store opened up five weeks ago in downtown Sherman and "Upscale Thrift" is doing more than just offering unique items to shoppers. It is offering help to those in need.

Twenty-five years ago Jackie Holland found some unopened boxes of food that someone had just thrown away and her ministry "Whosoever Will Outreach" was born.

"That first lady, I said 'would you like to have some food? Fruits and vegetables?' She said, I don't have any money. I said no, it's free. She said I just fed my kids the last food this morning. So my heart was hooked, and I've not gone back," Holland said.

Holland says from that day forward she has looked for more ways to give back to those she calls "hurting people". She says "Whosoever Will" helps anyone in need, from victims of abuse and addiction to the homeless and hungry. Holland says she has even served as a mentor for a sex trafficking victim helping her turn her life around.

"She's been to college. She overcame so many obstacles and I guess that's where my heart is mentoring and just caring," Holland said.

It is Holland's desire to help change lives that inspired her family to help open "Upscale Thrift" in downtown Sherman. She says the majority of the money from sales goes straight to "Whosoever Will" and shoppers say knowing their money is well spent gives them more reason to want to buy something.

"iI's great for it to be local here especially on the square where people can come by and see it and to benefit a ministry like this is awesome," a shopper, Taylor Brewer, said.

Holland, once a victim of abuse, says she knows what it has like to hit rock bottom and feel like your sitting at the bottom of a dumpster, but she says it is never too late to pull yourself out.

"Ifelt like a failure, but your past does not dictate your future bottom line. It doesn't matter where you've been. I doesn't matter what you've done. It matters where you are going," Holland said.

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  • by Margo Location: Hurst on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    Jackie Holland and Whosoever Will have help many, many people who are hurting. I pray Upscale Thrift thrives and that Jackie will be blessed and be able to help many others who are in need...not only with food and clothes and household items, but with their personal hurts as well. God Bless You, Jackie!
  • by Jackie Holland Location: 217 E. Houston, Sherman on Jun 12, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    Thank you Kristen for the precious interview you did for Upscale Thrift. We are so excited to serve Sherman and the surrounding areas and looking forward to meeting more of you good people in Texomaland.
  • by Michelle Location: Sherman on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM
    Where is the thrift store at please
  • by The Ruling Class on Jun 11, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    Let them eat cake.
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      by ??? on Jun 12, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to The Ruling Class
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Jun 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    This is amazing. I am so glad KXII put this story on the air. There should be more stories like this and certainly warrant positive comments. God bless this woman and her ministry.
  • by Theresa Location: Sherman on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    This is wonderful. May God bless all you put your hands to.
  • by Jeanie Location: Fort Myers on Jun 9, 2012 at 03:05 PM
    Love, LOVE, LOVE Who So Ever Will Outreach Ministry, and Jackie Holland who has given for as long as I have known her. Her Upscale Thrift is beautiful!, elegant and helpful to those in need! Jackie for President! :)
  • by Lr Location: Denison on Jun 9, 2012 at 04:19 AM
    Its so nice to see people helping. Kxii If you would let this lady know of she needs volunteer's I would be glad to help.
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      by Margo on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:51 AM in reply to Lr
      Jackie Holland is one awesome lady and she has given her life to helping those who are hurting! God Bless you, Jackie, and I pray Upscale Thrift thrives and helps many more people!
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