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Sophie’s supports Northside Neighborhood House

Sophie’s Shoppe is helping Northside Neighborhood House celebrate its 90th year by collecting donations for the agency as well as selling works by local artists and children in the NNH after-school program to raise funds.

“The staff and volunteers work so hard to provide a hand up through education and assistance,” said Sophie’s owner Tamara Dillard, who serves on the NNH board. “The agency’s just around the corner from the shop, and we thought it would be a great thing to let our customers know all the great things they do.”

NNH serves those living north of the Tennessee River up to Sale Creek, providing assistance in paying for utilities, food and prescription medications as well as offering programs such as workforce readiness and an on-site GED program and an after-school program for children.

The nonprofit’s main source of funding is its thrift stores, which sell gently used clothing, shoes, furniture, toys, books and household items. Sophie’s will be accepting donations of these items through Saturday, May 31.

“We want to let people know that when they donate something it helps people in town,” said Dillard.

Also through May 31, Sophie’s will be selling artwork by participants in NNH’s after-school program for a $25 minimum donation.

“Erica Moreland, a board member at the NNH, has really helped introduce some fun art projects for the children,” Dillard said. “We thought it would be fun to hang some of their art and tell more people about the NNH.”

Sophie’s also represents artists Liz Nichols and Andrea Davis, and Dillard said she thought it would be fun if they each created a piece to benefit NNH. So she took a photo standing at the Hunter Museum looking toward the Walnut Street Bridge.

“Both artists did their own take,” she said.

The prints are $125 and will be available until they sell out. All profits are being donated to NNH.