buy items at a Bedford consignment shop, they're sending hugs to strangers on another continent. The "Rwandan Hug Thrift Store" opene a few months ago on North Bridge Street. It's part of a non- profit organization, started by Bedford resident Nancy Strachan After visiting Rwanda in 2007, she dedicated her life to helping people in the African country. She and other volunteers spend their own money to operate the thrift shop. 100-percent of the store's proceeds goes to ministries that serve Rwanda. Nancy Strachan/Manager: "a lot more than wha we generate through this store goes to Rwanda. It goes monthly. This is a not-for-profit and as much as possible we send every penny." Rwandan Hugs sends several thousand dollars to the country monthly. The thrift store is in the basement of the Bedford Artisan Market.