ELKHART A new store in Elkhart will offer vintage items and pet products at a discount, and it's all to raise money for area people in need.
Pat Heiser opened Scrapper's Rescue for a test-run in June. The grand opening is July 26 at the new storefront at 1919 Cassopolis Street in Elkhart.
The retail-consignment store is a tribute to Pat's son, Tim, who died of epilepsy in January. Tim, fondly known by friends and family as "Scrapper" because of his talent in sculpture, was just 36 when he passed away.
"I thought the best way to honor him and his last wishes was to open a store where the proceeds go to help people with their vet bills, transportation costs, or buying dog food for the rest of the month," said Pat Heiser, the store owner.
Most of the proceeds will go to eligible applicants who need help paying for costs associated with service dogs. Tim had a passion to help people, especially service members, veterans and the elderly who rely on companion pets. Tim was an animal lover, volunteered with several rescue organizations and had a grandfather who survived Pearl Harbor.
All of the staff are volunteers and the store relies on donations and consignment items. Scrapper's Rescue Inc. is filled with vintage collectibles, handmade crafts, jewelry, photography, pet products and some of Scrapper's favorite things like wolves and fishing items.
The store is open Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5p.m., Saturdays from 9a.m.-4p.m and Sundays 11 a.m.-4p.m.
To apply for vetinary bill help, transportation, or other costs associated with service animals, contact Pat at (574) 262-9911.