HUMMELS WHARF - What has been described as the largest thrift store in the country will soon locate at the former Value City location at 1060 N. Susquehanna Trail.

The Daily Item in Sunbury reported Community Aid, a faith-based nonprofit organization based in Mechanicsburg, has signed a 10-year lease for the property. Community Aid also has thrift stores operating in Hanover and Mechanicsburg. Items are offered in the stores at discounted prices for resale.

Representatives of Community Aid said the store will open in early 2014. Collection bins are already on site.

Debbie White, spokesperson, said Community Aid is collecting clothing, accessories, household appliances and all other quality goods except furniture. The intent is to keep proceeds in the community by establishing partnerships with churches, fire companies and other local charities.

Established just three years ago, Community Aid has more than 500 collection bins and 200 partners. More than $2 million in cash grants and $140,000 in cards have helped the stores provide free clothing for needy people.