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R. R. Trax new help for the community

RUTLAND Director, Mike Dunlop has opened a new community based assistance organization R. R. Trax here in Rutland. The 501C3 organization is an emergency only food, clothing and furniture program. Families in emergency situations can go there and apply for help. Dunlop called his organization "a helping hand not a hand out." Dunlop said,"we are a nonprofit charity, looking to service the community." He stressed that it was "very important for the community to be involved, we can only help the community if the community helps us." Dunlop keeps his store stocked with help from donations. He also has a thrift shop, which sells merchandise to help with the paying of utilities, rent, and money needed to keep the doors open. Being all donations are tax deductible they are looking for winter clothing, in this much-needed time of year. Dunlop operated a similar shop in Illinois for two years before moving back to the Rutland area. This idea came to Dunlop after retiring from entertainment and songwriting in 1968.After coming to Rutland Dunlop searched for a building and saw a need for this kind of helping hand in the Rutland area. Dunlop's plan is to but and restore and renovate the building at 125 Spruce Street with help from grants, he is hoping for a complete opening in spring of 2008 if the funding is established. This is one of the only organizations that are totally non-profit. R.R. Trax got its named from being next to the railroad tracks. Dunlop plans on help from his son Jim who is the treasurer of the organization and feels very strong about the program. They are now in the process of putting together a board for this program. For information or donations please call them at 802 855-8200 between 10 am and 5 pm pick up available.

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