They have rented space from Finkelman Real Estate since August without issue, they said. Rachel Lewitt, the owner of Finkelman, was unavailable to comment.
The Brummetts traditionally donate to local toy drives, but this year, they decided to collect gently used items and give them to the less fortunate. Not wanting to operate the drive out of their home, they used the front of their downtown business. Thanks to social media, word quickly spread throughout the community and they were overwhelmed by the donations and the need from the community.
Madison Brummett’s Facebook page soon was “flooded with messages from people stating the things that they needed,” said Payton Ogan, marketing coordinator for the company. She said the donations quickly “blew up.” She said those who need items aren’t required to show an ID and they can stop by as often as needed.
She said the owners and staff have formed “close relationships” with many of the homeless in the community.
Kyle Brummett said some of those who received items now are giving back to the program.
“It was a great community thing,” he said. “It has been touching. We have learned about some of their struggles and not to take anything for granted.”