Vintage Values Volunteer Gives Despite Obstacles

February 16, 2011

In Wilmington, 33 women and children are living in the shelter operated by Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, bumping it over capacity by 14.

“They never turn anyone away,” said Vintage Values store manager, Giselle Taylor.

That’s why money made at Wilmington’s three Vintage Values thrift clothing shops is vital.

And one very special worker helps keep Vintage Values going, proving life’s obstacles don’t have to keep you down.

Martha Foister has had three open-heart surgeries. She lost a leg through her ongoing battle with diabetes.

After getting pneumonia four times in a year back home in Missouri, she moved to Wilmington to be closer to her daughter and in a warmer climate.

A friend took her into Vintage Values, and she fit right in.

“She’s been an inspiration to everyone in the store,” Taylor said.

Having seen the effects domestic abuse can have, 72-year old Foister brings to the table a compassionate heart and a good, old-fashioned work ethic, despite her health challenges.

“I really believe in what I’m doing,” she said. “I can’t sit, I just can’t do it.”

“She’s got her wooden leg and she’ll get down on the ground and clean the jewelry shelves. And we’ll say ‘Martha! What are you doing?’?” said Taylor.

She’s beloved by her customers. When Foister isn’t in the store, people notice.