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Monday, January 28, 2013 11:07 AM

Scott’s road to recovery continues to make great strides. He is now able to open and close his fist and put on a pretty tight squeeze of our hand when asked. Finger movement is very slow but is progressing the way the doctors and therapists anticipated, so don’t ask him to play ChopSticks on the piano; although it’d probably be good therapy for those fingers of his! His short term memory, which was the most severely affected, is now so much better than mine — down right perfect, while mine is age-related I like to claim! He’s been released from speech and physical therapy, but continues sessions with the occupational therapist. With the bone back in his skull and all healed over now, it’s hard to fathom the trauma he’s been through. The prognosis for a complete recovery is excellent — thanks for all those powerful prayers! We firmly believe that the will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.

Lots has been going on at the Thrift Shop. Totals have come in showing that over ninety thousand dollars in help to the needy was given the past year, with November serving the most clients. The trend is continuing in 2013 already with even more requests for help in these tough economic times. We are so thankful for the donations — clothing, household items, non-perishable food items, monetary, and treasures old and new. Everything has value — and every donated bag is sorted with the items being placed in their respective departments for some happy customer to find. The positive comments about the huge selection of items, the condition of the items, and the cleanliness and brightness of the store continue to pour in. People often say they have visited other thrift stores and none compare to the store in Delphos. We love hearing those positives!

The Thrift Shop, started primarily by the late Bishop Albert Ottenweller, has always been a non-profit organization run by Christian women in the Delphos community whose mission is to help the needy. Our “profit” comes from your continued patronage and donations which enable us to return those funds to the community to serve those that are struggling.

Profit, as described in the dictionary, means: an advantageous gain or return; benefit. No matter which end of the spectrum you’re on, if you donated in any way, you gained. If you received assistance in any way, you also gained. Donating to the Thrift Shop is a win-win for everybody when you thoroughly decipher those words written in the dictionary. We truly do give out what we take in.

With the Christmas season just passed, it was amazing to see all the neat trees decorated with new items (like toiletries, lotions, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, shampoo, etc.) by various organizations with the intention of those items being donated to the Thrift Shop’s Food Pantry. Delphos citizens truly have a heart of gold and are so creative in making such useful and needed items look so pretty on a tree! New items such as those always go to the Food Pantry as was the full intention of the organization providing the donation and are never, ever placed out on the Shop’s shelves for sale. The Food Pantry department is always so very thankful to be the recipient of those kinds of items. Please contact the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942 if you have new items collected in your civic organization project or work place that you’d like to donate.

The weather doesn’t say it, but Spring must be nearing. The Easter items are out! Well, ok, Easter is a little early this year—but optimists are thinking with those delightful, cheery items sitting about, it’s a sure sign of Spring on the way! You can, however, still get all your Valentine decorations, pretty sweaters, and gifts yet at a very reasonable price. The prom and bridal season is here as well. Be sure to check out the selection, and get your sparkly jewelry to go with that special dress!

Sales News! Mark your calendars for the following dates: Buy-One-Get-One sale dates are Feb. 7, 8 and 9. The 25-cent sale dates are Feb. 14, 15 and 16. The change-over from the winter items to the spring and summer items will take place after the doors close on the 16th, truly the most definite sign Spring will soon arrive and we can replace the snow shovel with a lawn mower.

Until next month, that’s this month’s report.


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