Written by Kimber Fountain, Photos by Christa Schreckengost
Galveston is most widely known for fun places to go and things to do, great restaurants, a thriving art district, and its historic downtown. However it would not be nearly as entertaining, tasty, creative, or well-preserved if it were not for the people who know that all of that is merely the frosting on the cake of a galvanized community that is quick to rally behind its members and give selflessly to not only its human members, but its furry and feathered ones, too. Mahatma Ghandi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” In Galveston’s case, that greatness is exemplified by the recent endeavors of Tara Flinn and P.J. Head (and Lexi, the furry one pictured).
Both are native Galvestonians whose journeys carried them off of the Island and then back again, and P.J.’s ancestral ties to the city go back several generations. He opened a gold store three years ago which enjoyed consistent success at various locations. It is presently in a dedicated section in the same building as the couple’s current undertaking, For A Cause Resale Shop, where one hundred percent of the net profits are donated to various animal causes.
“We love animals more than anything,” says Tara of the reasoning behind opening the store. “And I have always loved retail and resale,” she adds, with a laugh of affirmation from P.J. The shop opened on February 1st of this year as a dedicated non-profit organization. The business team duo is currently amid the arduous application process of acquiring their official 501(c)(3) designation, but the red tape has not deterred their progress. “We have been able to give a donation every month since we opened,” says Tara.
So far they have donated primarily to the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), and were generous contributors to the recent effort called Doe’s Fund, a fundraising campaign for a dog who had an unusual liver abnormality and needed surgery in New York. Doe returned home from a successful surgery at the end of March and is well on her way to full recovery. For A Cause also contributed substantially to GIHS’s recent Puppy and Kitten Shower, and they were sponsors of the 2015 Bark in the Park which, unfortunately, succumbed to inclement weather and was canceled. Eventually, the couple aims to be able to extend their philanthropic reach to larger organizations outside Galveston, and P.J. explains that, “we really want to get to where we can help veterans suffering from PTSD gain access to service dogs.”
For A Cause also contributed substantially to GIHS’s recent Puppy and Kitten Shower, and they were sponsors of the 2015 Bark in the Park which, unfortunately, succumbed to inclement weather and was canceled. Eventually, the couple aims to be able to extend their philanthropic reach to larger organizations outside Galveston, and P.J. explains that, “we really want to get to where we can help veterans suffering from PTSD gain access to service dogs.”
Their ability to contribute to these funds is of course mightily dependent upon support from local residents, which they have received to an enormous degree. “The community has been wonderful,” says Tara, to which P.J. adds, “Everything in this store has been donated.” Even what is outside the store was a contribution, as local graffiti artist Gabriel Prusmack designed and executed the sign, marquis, and artwork on the side of the building.
Donations are accepted every day, and items can even be brought in after hours and left at the drop station at the rear of the building. Donors can request a tax receipt, although it is important to note that donated items must be re-sellable in order to qualify.
The store also has a growing need for volunteers. Once their official non-profit status has been obtained, For A Cause will be able to request help from the city’s community service program, but people are currently needed to help tag items and assist with the shop’s daily operations. “We are really nice!” Tara says with a smile and a laugh to prospective volunteers.
From a shopper and treasure hunter perspective, For A Cause hardly looks as though it has only been open for four months. They offer a wide and assorted variety of gently used items from clothing and shoes to books and furniture, electronics, and decor, and all at spectacularly low prices with various Daily Specials that provide additional discounts. “Our clothes are never more than $3, and kids clothes are never more than $1.”
For A Cause is located at 4414 Broadway Ave. They are open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm, and closed on Sunday. Contact them at www.facebook.com/foracausegalveston.
Daily Specials are as follows:
Monday, all clothing items are $2 and everything else is 50% off
Tuesday, Children’s Items 50% off
Wednesday, Kitchen Items 50% off
Thursday, Electronics 50% off
Friday, Home Decor 50% off
Saturday, all clothing items are $1 and everything else is 50% off