It was, Sunday, June 6. A meal was served at Columbus Club Hall to thank all the volunteers who ever assisted at SOS Thrift Store. And a milestone was attained. In excess of $2 million has been raised in the store’s 16-yr heritage.
This revenue not only supports St. Mary’s Faculty, it keeps unwanted products out of the landfill and supplies unlimited purchasing chances for all money concentrations.
After dinner, the laughter commenced. “It was the entertainment,” says Shirley Kelley. People today recalled their experiences more than the many years at the SOS retailer.
Shirley structured the event. She also holds the difference of currently being the only human being who’s labored at the retail store all 16 many years.
There’s the story about the urn of ashes that turned up in a pile of donations. What were they to do with it?
There is the one particular about the box of previous filthy jewellery they marketed for $50, then SOS later on obtained a phone from the purchaser and a $750 verify. “The lady referred to as back and said, ‘You don’t know what you are executing in excess of there, do you?’” Shirley recalled. A gold South African Krugerrand (coin) experienced been uncovered in the box of jewellery.
Here’s a story explained to by Pat Miller, which acquired a handful of chuckles: a suitcase that came in. It was neatly packed with men’s garments and requirements — which include a box of condoms.
Pat, who manages the back home, has viewed it all, she says. By the way, she actually appreciates when the merchandise you bring in are thoroughly clean.
She and fellow staff make the finest of the problem as they type by way of apparel donations. There are much more laughs. “Clothes we would not be caught lifeless in,” she jokes, motioning as if she were keeping up a go-go costume.
Shirley stated she tried out to stop in excess of the decades, “But I kept coming again.” She said, “because we really like our mates,” gesturing to the many others on the ground.
Shirley’s regarded as the go-to person. She appreciates in which every little thing is. She also structured the keep into departments: Pat handles the again home, Mary Sprick the jewelry, Karen Murray the textbooks, and so forth.
“It wouldn’t be the put it is nowadays without having Shirley,” claims Pat.
SOS has no personal debt. They’ve supported the college in a big way. All their operate is volunteer and they even take care of estates. They thoroughly clean out the house, and you can gain a tax deduction for your donation to a non-gain.
Listed here is a list of the founders, living and deceased, of the SOS keep: Bob O’Brien, Mary Smith, Peg Flynn, Rae Thompson, Shirley Kelley, Leo Strait, Kenny Loats, Nick Landgraf and Wayne Andrews.
You should phone or stop by the retailer if you would like to volunteer. All denominations are welcome. And by the way, males, in particular with pickups, are encouraged to aid out.