Helping others is always her motive

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Jena Doak, [email protected]

Rock Springs, Wyoming — A person would have to search far and wide to find a person more giving than Sonya Gallegos. Many people already know her as the owner of “Hoarder’s Korner” thrift store in Rock Springs.

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“My biggest goal in starting the thrift store was to have a place that people could come to if they are having a bad day, and if they are, we are there for them,” said Gallegos. “We want to make them happy, to let people know they are welcome, and not looked down upon. We welcome you with open arms.”

Gallegos is in touch with Rock Springs Department of Family Services every day, who send people with vouchers for clothing her way. Sometimes the Safe House or Sweetwater Food Bank contact Gallegos concerning people in need. And that’s just the beginning of the amazing ways that Gallegos touches the community with good will.

“We just do a lot of things,” said Gallegos. “I have a family right now whose loved ones passed away, and the family donated things to my store. We went and cleaned out the house for them and made it ready to sell.”

Carrington Place Apartments recently told Gallegos about an eviction. Off she went to clean the apartment, just to make it easier for the landlady.

Her helping hand seems to be ever reaching.

“If people don’t have food, my friend and I take food to them. I make sure if someone is homeless, we get them a place to stay,” Gallegos said.

For folks who have trouble filling out paperwork, such as for Social Security, Gallegos is there to help.

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“Someone from our store is available 24/7. If the Safe House contacts us at midnight about a family who has no shoes or clothes, one of us comes to the store to gather and bring things to them,” Gallegos said.

For Christmas, Sonya provided 82 children with Christmas presents.

“We were also contacted on Christmas by a lady who had her niece and nephew, but couldn’t buy presents for them,” said Gallegos. Of course, Sonya came through for them, too. The children were brought to Hoarder’s Korner on Xmas day, and got to take anything they wanted.

Sure, Gallegos does have bills to pay, but she is always thinking of others, first.

“There’s always someone out there that needs something, or is worse off than you are. I don’t want them to think there is no one out there to help them,” said Gallegos.

Gallegos was taught by those who came before her.

“I was raised by my grandpa, the most wonderful man in my life. He always told me that if you can help someone else, help them,” she said.

Gallegos has been paying it forward since before “paying it forward” was even a thing.

“There’s always going to be someone worse off than you are,” Gallegos concluded.

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