[Enid, OK] – Park Avenue Thrift is excited to announce the recipients of their 2021 community grants and sponsorships, as well as surpassing $3 million in total money given back to Enid organizations since 2007.

The Park Avenue Thrift Giving Committee is awarding a total of $203,305.67 across 24 different organizations in Enid, OK in 2021. The 2021 grant recipients are 4RKids, Atelier, Bennie’s Barn, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Cimarron Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America, Compassionate Quilters, Emerson Middle School, Enid SPCA, Enid Symphony Association, Fling at the Springs, FLY Film Festival, Gaslight Theatre, Junior Welfare League, Kinder Konnection, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, Loaves and Fishes, Main Street Enid, Monroe Elementary, OHAI, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, RSVP of Enid, Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Youth and Family Services, and YWCA of Enid. Each of these organizations or projects help fulfil Park Avenue’s mission of providing funding to improve Enid’s Quality of Life.

Park Avenue has also sponsored several organizations so far this year such as Enid Public Schools STEAM Challenge, YWCA, SPCA Enid, Enid Writer’s Club and Hedges Speech and Hearing. They also plan to give $10,000 towards Enid and Chisholm Public School projects through DonorsChoose. Park Avenue Thrift is so thrilled to be able to give back a total of $223,305.67 in total so far this year.   

2021 is a milestone year for Park Avenue Thrift because they have reached and passed $3 million in total money given back to Enid organizations since opening in 2007. “Park Avenue Thrift couldn’t have done this without the help from our shoppers, donors, and everyone who helps promote Park Avenue,” said Stela Jantzen, Park Avenue Thrift Executive Director. “The founders, Paula Nightengale and David Hume, created an amazing organization and a wonderful foundation to keep growing. We are so thrilled to be able to hit $3 million this year!”

The store employs 28 people, works with agencies to provide vouchers to those in need, and gives local residents an easy way to donate items they no longer need or want, while funding important Enid programs.

“Park Avenue Thrift began with a distinct and unique vision: run a top-notch thrift store and use the profits from that thrift store to improve the quality of life in Enid,” says Andrew Long, President of Park Avenue Thrift’s Board of Directors, “I am honored to help steward that vision well into the future!” Long also said that, given the scope of projects funded and the sheer dollar amount given back to Enid, nearly every Enid citizen is involved with something funded by Park Avenue Thrift. “From big projects and organizations like Leonardo’s and “Under Her Wing Was the Universe,” to classroom projects and public art, Park Avenue Thrift is Enid and we couldn’t do it without the generous support and donations of our community!”

Park Avenue Thrift is an Oklahoma 501(c)(3) that exists to strengthen the Enid community and serve others by collecting donations and giving the proceeds to Enid nonprofits that invest in quality-of-life initiatives.

For more information about Park Avenue Thrift, please visit www.parkavenuethrift.org