The Meridian Restorations Foundation has come up with a unique way to raise money for Merrehope, Meridian's historic tourist attraction built in 1863.
The foundation has converted the gift shop into a 'Trash and Treasure' Shop. Items donated to Merrehope are for sale, with the idea that someone's trash is someone else's treasure. This is in addition to items already available from the gift shop.
"Right now we don't have the funds to go out and restock our gift shop," said Betty Lou Jones. "So this is a creative, innovative way of taking things we can get access to through donations."
This unique way of raising funds has already proved a valuable source of income from tourists visiting Merrehope. They like to take back a reminder of their visit.
"We like the history of the United States, and there is a lot of history here in the southern states and that's what we are after and that's what we are looking for," said Lisa Mens of Amsterdam, Holland, who visited Merrehope on Friday.
All donations to Merrehope are tax deductible. For information on how you may join the Meridian Restorations Foundation or make a donation, call 601-483-8439.