THE Crossroads shop in Meltham has raised nearly £250,000 since it was set up 10 years ago.
It was started by members of seven churches in the parish who were anxious to help people here and overseas.
As it grew it also led to the nearby Crossroads Centre being founded, which fosters a similar community spirit.
About 100 volunteers now staff both and the centre is home to organisations such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Age Concern, which has an outreach service in Meltham.
Crossroads Project secretary Jean Burhouse said: “We support any community activity in the village.
“We’ve supported the three schools by buying computers and whiteboards.
“Sports clubs often come to us for equipment, along with other clubs such as Meltham and Meltham Mills Band, pensioners’ organisations and Guides and Scouts.”
Most of the money is raised by the sale of items given by people living in the Meltham area.
The Crossroads volunteers are drawn from all the churches in Meltham.
Since there are no paid staff all profits can be given in grants.
Jean added: “As we have no salaries to pay we are able to give back a large proportion of our profits in grants large and small to the community.”
Like all charity shops Crossroads recycles everything it receives.
If items are unsold after two weeks clothing is either given to a project in Huddersfield that works with deprived people or sent to the Christian African Relief Trust at Lockwood, which ships containers of clothes and medical supplies to Africa.
Jean said: “Our volunteers enjoy working here because they’re doing something worthwhile.
“We give away pretty much everything we’ve made.
“We only keep back what we need to run the shop and centre.”