Published: Sep 01, 2010 11:17 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 01, 2010 8:18 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Nation's Association is opened a new and much larger store today in Fort Myers. Sales from the store will help fund the agencies summer camp, scholarship programs and operating expenses.

The Nation's Association Charities formed in 1978 and provides for the immediate needs of individuals and helps lead them on the road of self-sufficiency.

Donations stock the store shelves with all sorts of household items. Executive Director Isreal Suarez says, "Now, more than ever before, lower and middle income families need to stretch their budget in order to meet their basic needs. The store's excellent low prices will help them to do this."

All the store's stock is a source for free furniture, clothes and household items for families in crisis, such as victims of fires, disasters and other life-altering situations. The store will also serve as an on-the-job training site for youths involved in Nation's programs.

The store is at 3842 Palm Beach Boulevard in East Fort Myers.