The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

Something wonderful is in store

Park Avenue Thrift pumps thousands into the community; Hope Outreach provides programs to assist local residents

ENID — Park Avenue Thrift is having fun helping Enid.

That is what co-founder Paula Nightengale said when she recently discussed the mission of Park Avenue, a local thrift store that does more than just sell donated items.

“We give away 100 percent of our profits to community endeavors,” she said.

Over half a million reasons

In the last 41⁄2 years, Park Avenue Thrift has donated $650,063.11 to the community, and that number continues to grow.

“We support what we call ‘The Big 5,’” Nightengale said. “That is the Enid Symphony, Gaslight Thea-tre, Leonardo’s (Discovery Warehouse), Main Street (Enid) and PEGASYS.”

More than $350,000 has been donated to “The Big 5,” but Park Avenue has given other donations to organizations such as RSVP, 4RKids, CDSA and Chautauqua and has donated more than $50,000 to education. Park Avenue also provides vouchers for thrift store items to people in need.

“We’ve given $180,000 in benevolence, where we’ve provided vouchers,” she said.

Hometown support

The ultimate mission of Park Avenue is to increase the quality of life in Enid.

“We think it’s the best place to live, and we want to support our hometown,” Nightengale said. “Each of us has a mandate to help those who are less fortunate.”

The idea for Park Avenue Thrift came to Nightengale and David Hume of Enid in June 2007. The city of Enid was facing possible budget cuts, and Nightengale and Hume had been looking for a mission in which to participate. They decided to start their own mission, helping Enid and the residents of the Enid.

Park Avenue Thrift was on the fast track from the moment the concept was formed.

“We got the keys to this building on July 1 (2007), and it’s been uphill all the way,” she said. “We opened on Oct. 1, 2007.”

Park Avenue Thrift had faithful volunteers help get the store ready in a few short months, she said, and now the store employs 30 people.

“Not only are we giving back to the community but we are providing jobs,” Nightengale said.

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


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  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

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  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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