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He's best known taking guns off the streets and feeding thousands of kids. But Pastor Charlie Muller is at it again with another project in Albany. Erin Connolly has more on his latest endeavor.

ALBANY, N.Y. --"Lets Make A Deal" is the name of Pastor Charlie Muller's new thrift shop. It's his latest effort to make Albany a better place to live.

Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church said, ''It's just about helping people who have been oppressed and don't have a lot of money."

But this isn't your traditional thrift shop. This one has pretty much any item you can think of for pretty much any price. The cost of the items vary, depending on a person's situation. Pastor Charlie says they're only looking to cover expenses.

''Someone will say, hey, Pastor Charlie I don't have a lot of money. Can I buy this stove for $25? And we'll say, you made a deal,'' he explained.

"Lets Make A deal" is solely donation based. Goods have been coming in left and right from various companies and community members. Any profits go towards helping city kids. And many of those city kids are volunteering at the thrift shop, some are even paid employees.

Shaquille Fullerton, a thrift shop employee, said,''It's fun. It's fun. It's fun. I just having a blast meeting new people, seeing volunteers come in, people smiling, working together. It's amazing to see people wanting to be a part of this.''

Harry Albright, a thrift shop employee, said, ''It makes me feel good inside. It's wonderful Pastor Charlie is helping people like this.''

And Pastor Charlie has his work cut out for him with lots of stuff to sort through. There are all kinds of donations from televisions, brand new furniture and what thrift shop doesn't have clothes.

Pastor Charlie said, ''We want to make this a hub so people in this economy can come out and say, Pastor Charlie will help me out.''

And it seems a win win. Those in need get what they need and city kids benefit in the process.

The thrift shop is located on Warren Street and is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays there will be a farmers market outside, so people can also pick up fruits and veggies. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP