The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 5, 2013

Park Avenue Thrift helping 4RKids

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Nonprofits helping other nonprofits sounds like a good idea, and Park Avenue Thrift and 4RKids Foundation are trying it.

Through the end of April, customers of Park Avenue Thrift will receive a coupon with their purchases offering $5 off every $15 purchase at 4RKids.

When customers redeem coupons and make purchases at 2nd Story Downtown, which is owned and operated by 4RKids, Park Avenue will reimburse 4RKids for every coupon redeemed.

Paula Nightengale, of Park Avenue Thrift, said she attended the annual Main Street meeting at The Nonprofit Center, 114 S. Independence, and out of curiosity went upstairs to 2nd Story Downtown.

“They are a nonprofit, and they are working hard to build their business,” Nightengale said.

She took the idea to 4RKids officials. Nightengale asked 4RKids to send her a logo, and she created the coupon.

4RKids’ mission is to provide employment for people with disabilities.

The organization has two gift shops and operates the Putt-Putt Miniature Golf Course, 710 Overland Trail.

4RKids also has an employment center where workers make dog biscuits and greeting cards, which they sell in their stores.

They also make jewelry.

“The main focus is providing employment opportunities,” said Tricia Miller, 4RKids director. “At the store downtown, we have three employees and a job coach working there. They are learning on-the-job skills like operating a cash register, stocking the store, pricing inventory and how to display items.”

Nightengale calls it cross pollinating customers.

“I said we would give coupons to our customers and maybe they would be your customers,” Nightengale said. “If we all keep thinking that way, we’ll have the hopping-est shopping going.”