Lewisville-based Christian Community Action has long been known for two things:  its charitable work helping the needy and preventing homelessness and its four reSale branded thrift stores in Lewisville, The Colony, and Carrollton.

CCA President Chasz Parker said the stores provide about 30 percent of the revenue that the charity uses to fund its activities. Now the organization’s board of directors has made a change that Parker says will help CCA keep focus on its charitable mission while maintaining that revenue.

As of Friday, CCA began a partnership with Dallas-based Recycle2Support, which owns the Thrift Giant retail chain.  Recycle2Support takes possession and will operate CCA’s thrift stores and the Flower Mound donation center.  

The stores will continue to operate and be renamed “Thrift Giant in Support of CCA.” Revenue from the stores will still flow back to CCA, but according to Parker, this allows the charity to avoid the overhead and labor costs of running the stores. The arrangement is for a minimum of 10 years.

A sign explaining the change is posted at the register in the Lewisville thrift store on SH 121 Business. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

“CCA’s mission has always been to serve the poor in the name of Jesus Christ by providing comprehensive services that alleviate suffering, bring hope and change lives in communities throughout North Texas,” read a sign placed near the checkout in CCA’s reSale store on S.H. 121 Business in Lewisville. “Our primary purpose is not to be a retailer, but to serve those in need.”

Tammy Wallace, the chief operating officer of Thrift Giant echoed Parker’s comments about the deal allowing CCA to keep its focus.  “It’s hard to be devoted to running a social enterprise and social services,” Wallace said.  “There’s so much regulation and reporting nowadays.”

Wallace knows a thing or two about that.  She was CCA’s chief financial officer from 2008 to 2012.  Now in addition to running thrift stores, she provides consulting to nonprofits.

Wallace said that her company interacts with a lot of nonprofits to help them convert their streams of in-kind donations into a cash flow. For CCA, Wallace said the move is win-win for both parties, and that it will take away the headache for CCA of trying to operate the stores.

She said that customers could expect to see the stores selling even more clothing.  Thrift Giant will double or triple the amount of clothing in the stores, since those are the biggest sellers.  Store hours will remain the same as they are now until January at least.

Beginning Sunday, December 10, the donation drop-off locations will also have Sunday hours, allowing donors who clean their closets over the weekend a more convenient time to bring their donations. CCA had not been able to accomplish that due to labor constraints.

Donors will still be able to drop off tax-deductible donations at CCA’s current locations and get a receipt from CCA for tax purposes.

Recycle2Support has hired all of CCA’s thrift store employees. Wallace said that CCA will be paid based on the in-kind donations of merchandise received.  In this way, CCA’s take will not be affected by retail decisions that might cause sales fluctuations.

Wallace encouraged donors to bring their donations of clothing in, whether or not they think it could sell.  She explained that Recycle2Support’s mission is not only charitable, but environmental.  

The organization diverts 99 percent of what it receives away from the landfill.  Even odd socks, holey jeans, torn shirts and mismatched shoes can find a use. Wallace explained that items are sorted, and that items could be sold for repurposing in other forms.  A torn shirt could become a mechanic’s rag.  Blue jeans could become insulation.

Parker is hopeful that CCA’s donors and supporters understand the decision and continue to donate.

“We want people to know us as the organization that helps people in tough situations,” Parker said, noting that CCA helped 500 people in the past year not to become homeless.

CCA provides its clients with various forms of assistance, including housing and utility support, transportation assistance, clothing (via vouchers to its thrift stores), training, and access to its food pantry.

For locations and hours of CCA’s thrift stores and donation center, or to make a monetary donation, please visit https://ccahelps.org/give/?campaigncode=LTJ


  1. Thanks for the informative and well-written article, Steve! We love and support CCA, and you explained this perfectly.

  2. I have been a volunteer at CCA for about 7 years and have enjoyed it so much. Will that opportunity still be available to me at the carrollton store?

    Jane Murphy

  3. My wife and I volunteered at the Christmas party last year. It was great to see how CCA is impacting the community.

  4. I love CCA and their mission. However, people are being told (at least at the Carrollton location) that most things donated are being put into a dumpster and trashed. Unfortunately, I will be donating elsewhere from now on.

    • Hello Dedra,
      Thrift Giant (Recycle2Support) is dedicated to the reusing, recycling, repurposing of all materials to avoid landfill use, promote a greener environment and economy. Therefore, it is our mission to never trash unwanted items, and to always divert them from our local landfills. In order to do that, we do a high level job of sorting the donations received in order to determine the best way for them to be reused, recycled or repurposed. Once items are sorted we sell items that are reusable in our thrift stores where they sort and price the merchandise for our customers. We also sell items that cannot be reused or recycled to downstream recyclers who repurpose them into new materials.

      From the revenue stream we give back a portion of the profits to our charitable partners, Christian Community Action (CCA), Operation Kindness, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Hope Supply Co., and ChildCareGroup.

      If you have any further questions or concerns please Facebook Message at http://www.ThriftGiant.com/ThriftGiant and we will be more than happy to address them.

      Thank you.

  5. My mother Marilyn Grider is probably turning over in her grave! She was one of the 7 members who started the CCA. The donations were held in our garage and shed and so where the bible studies they held. After she passed I went into the Resale shop off 121 and was overcome by emotions and had to leave. There was a time I had lost my job when I lived in Lewisville and went to the CCA for help and they did an outstanding job. They helped me with my electric bill and my groceries. At Christmas I was able to give my children the gift they wanted I think it was a Nitendo something it was a long time ago. I hope they can get the CCA in a positive light and hate to see they are letting the resale stores go to Thrift Giant. Everytime I have ever went thrift shopping and went into Thrift Giant I couldn’t bare the smell in there. So let’s all hope and pray this helps in a positive outcome.

  6. HELLO My name is david and i was fortunate enough to work for the most wonderful company ever called CCA our goal was to help the poor, gain money to help those in need and regain hope through the community. Unfortunatley, I was terminated by a unqualified 21 year old girl who has no experience in retail and not only that she employs mostly immigrants who have openly told me they have no legal status whatsoever. It is unfortunate that these types of companies can do what they want but I believe that what goes around will come around this is in the bible Judges 1:1-3:6 Im doing a lot better now with a good company. The new company doesn’t make threats, belittle me, undermine me, and point out anything they believe is wrong as thrift giant does.

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