Who We Are

The Guardian Angel Thrift is a Non Profit supporting Alzheimer’s Research, born from an idea of how to raise money for research in order to help find a cure for this disease.

Laura Gaddis saw her mother suffer with Alzheimer’s for 12 years. Nearing the end of her mother’s life, she woke one morning with a plan she quickly put on paper. It would be a non profit thrift store with the sales funding Alzheimer’s research. She opened a small 1,400 sq. ft. store in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

With the help of her daughter Shari, her sister Martha and husband Dave, this little store grew into a large 26,000 sq. ft. Super Thrift in 4 years! Thanks to our public support, since our beginning we have been able to contribute $2,200,000.00 for Alzheimer’s Research in the state of North Carolina. All of our profits after operational expenses go to Alzheimer’s Research.

Lina Mae Ferrell Edwards and William Levi
Lina Mae Ferrell Edwards and William Levi

The Guardian Angel Thrift and this website are dedicated to our mother, Lina Mae Ferrell Edwards, who struggled with this disease for twelve years and to our father, William Levi, who was her sole caregiver.