LOT 2540 began in 2010 when Marty Roberts and David Burnette had an encounter with a homeless family. This experience caused them to see that there were people in Rockingham County who were struggling with poverty without many community resources to turn to for help. Wanting to make a real difference, they decided to do something. They spent many hours in prayer and felt led to begin a business. 100% of the profits would be used to help those folks in the community who had fallen on hard times. In 2011, LOT 2540 – a salvage and recycling ministry that specializes in restoring lives – was born.
Our ministry was blessed from the beginning. UNCG (University of North Carolina – Greensboro) offered 50 properties to LOT 2540 for salvaging. These homes were to be cleared for campus expansion and by salvaging the majority of materials within the homes, the amount of wasted materials entering area landfills was reduced. This gift provided us with enough products to open the architectural salvage store and begin selling the salvaged materials to raise income for outreach to the community.
Four years and two moves later, we are settled into our home in Mayodan, NC. We have 12-15 regular volunteers, staff members and support from the community and numerous local business partners. Our resale store (LOTS of Treasures Thrift Shoppe), soup kitchen (The Well), food pantry and non-denominational service (Elevate) are all thriving. More importantly, we are building relationships with and making a difference to our neighbors in need. We know that helping to build stronger people is building a stronger community. And we love being a part of that work!
The name LOT 2540 came from Matthew 25:40. Jesus is telling a parable that showed how His true followers should act by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and visiting the prisoner. He then says “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the Least Of These brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” To us, our neighbors and community are our brothers and sisters. With God’s help, we want to meet their physical, spiritual and emotional needs. Read More