Welcome to the first in our new series, Meet Moore People. This is a series dedicated to the people all around us who make Moore County a great place to live and work.

Many times we don’t know their name or anything about them. They are the smiling face that helps us in the store, bank or any of the myriad places we go and interact with people every day.

If you have ever been to Carthage, you have probably seen the Helping the Orphans Thrift Store on Monroe Street. Since the store opened in May of 2014, it has become a popular destination for thrift shoppers. And if you have been in the store in the last year and a half, you’ve probably have seen co-manager Crystal Marsh.

Crystal started as a clothing assistant and was recently promoted to co-manager. Her ready smile, willingness to help and commitment to her customers makes her very popular with both customers and the other staff and volunteers.

Crystal was born in the Sandhills not all that long ago (she wouldn’t say, and this reporter decided not to push the issue) and is married with five children that range from very young to teenagers.

When asked what she liked best about working at the store, Crystal responded ‘the customers.’ She is also very committed to the mission of the store, which is owned and operated by the Orphans of Kenya, which is to “meet the physical, spiritual and educational needs of Orphans in Kenya.” Currently, they are in the process of establishing their first orphanage in Nakuru Kenya.

When asked what quote sums up her outlook on life, Crystal replied, “To treat others as I want to be treated.”

The store is located on Monroe Street in Carthage and is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. if you want to stop by and say hello to Crystal.

If you know someone who you think makes Moore County a great place to live and would like to see them profiled in this series, then please send your suggestions to [email protected].

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Local News/Government Reporter Chris Prentice.

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