Trinity Mission employee Logan Cook gives Cathy Kelsey her $50 prize.
Trinity Mission employee Logan Cook gives Cathy Kelsey her $50 prize.

Trinity Mission is doing more than saving customers money; they’re giving away free money. As part of a new incentive to raise awareness of the store, Trinity Mission raffled off $50 on Saturday. Cathy Kelsey, a regular patron of Trinity Mission, was this month’s lucky winner.

Kelsey is an avid thrift shopper and enjoys collecting glassware and candleholders. Kelsey was hosting a garage sale at a friend’s house at the time of the raffle, but left so she could be present in the case of her name being drawn. Kelsey comes into the store about every other day.

“I just love all the bargains,” Kelsey said. “I probably buy most glassware stuff. I collect plates and display them on my wall. I really like to buy candleholders. I buy them and then give them as gifts.”

Kelsey received a $50 bill, which she plans to put towards more items at Trinity Mission.

“This is the first time we have ever done a cash prize,” Logan Cook, an employee at Trinity Mission said. “It has gone better than I expected. I would estimate about 400-500 tickets in the box. Every visit to the store counted as an entry. The raffle began in late April, early May. I am expecting the June raffle to be even bigger.”

Trinity Mission exists to help people overcome addiction.

“We have a store here in Crawfordsville and a store in Lafayette,” Cook said. “At both the stores, all of the proceeds fund a men’s drug alcohol rehabilitation center that is located here in Crawfordsville.”

Ted Yahraus is also an avid patron at Trinity Mission and enjoys good bargains.

“I am seeing things from my past, and seeing things that I previously wanted to buy, but it was expensive.” When The Paper met with Yahraus, he was purchasing a few movies that he planned to add to his home library. 

Trinity Mission will give away more money in June. To enter, simply stop by the store and enter a ticket into the box. The winner will be drawn June 18. You must be present to win. Trinity Mission is located at 121 W. Market St. Crawfordsville.