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Unity Shoppe reopens after two month long closure

The Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara reopened Tuesday for the holiday season after a temporary closure. (Photo: Unity Shoppe)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The "CLOSED" sign hanging from the door of the Unity Shoppe's Chapala Street entrance came down Tuesday after a nearly two month, temporary closure.

“We are thrilled to be back open again," said Tom Reed, Unity Shoppe's Executive Director. "We didn’t lose any employees during the time, the temporary closure. We’re thrilled the community support has been so encouraging."

Just in time for the holidays, generous six-figure donations helped the Unity Shoppe get back on their feet.

“We have 150 families a day, every day, six days a week in December and of course we have the Motorcycle Toy Run, the Singing Messiah and we have the Telethon on December 14th. The excitement is palpable,” Reed said. 

That means that some 3,000 families will turn to Unity Shoppe’s shelves to put food on the table between now and Christmas. Right now they’re a little bare but Reed said they can stretch your dollar and fill them back up with monetary donations. 

Reed said the board will reassess the nonprofit’s financial situation in the new year.

If you would like to make a donation or learn more about the Unity Shoppe, click the following link:

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