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Local nonprofit store holds community outreach event
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The RLN grocery store in Dawsonville held a community outreach event on Friday, June 3, offering a wide range of discounted household goods. - photo by Rio White

Last Friday, the RLN Grocery Store, also known as Real Love Now, held a community outreach event as part of its ‘Serve Days’ to help further its presence in Dawsonville. 

Led by The Church at War Hill pastors Don Allen and Sam Nissen, RLN offers significantly discounted items such as bread, canned goods and toiletries to help local people in need. 

At Friday’s event, the two pastors and fellow church volunteers helped organize an open house event that displayed the wide array of discounted goods for sale.

The open house included many of the basic day-to-day household needs as well as other products such as gardening supplies. 

Outside the store, the volunteers set up a bouncy house for kids and provided free food for the attendees.

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The RLN event included an open house, free food and a bouncy house for kids. - photo by Rio White

Nissen, who runs the daily operations of RLN, described the outreach event as an important part of the grocery store’s overall aim to help those in difficult financial situations. 

He also mentioned that the store seeks to serve as many people as possible so that the proceeds can go toward the church’s continuing mission of providing for the community.

For Allen, he shared similar thoughts with Nissen while also emphasizing the importance that dignity plays in the purpose of RLN.

While the store focuses mainly on the necessities, it also offers snacks and other products that can bring a sense of normalcy to anyone who is in need.

RLN can be found just outside downtown Dawsonville at 169 Hwy. 9 South in the Heritage Square shopping center.