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Friday, November 22, 2013 9:08 PM

BY MARGIE ROSTOFER

 

Many have asked for an up-date on my son-in-law, Scott, who suffered that traumatic brain injury from a fall on Aug. 16, 2012. While he continues to see several doctors, I am happy to report that he has recently been able to complete nearly two weeks of four 10-hour days. Each time he has returned to work, he has been able to withstand a few more hours each day. He began with some days only able to work 2-3 hours but the return to work has made him (and us) feel better and greatly improved his sense of self-worth. There are still some issues to work through and it will still take another 2-3 years for his brain to heal, the doctors say, but we remain thankful for the miracles that were granted. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let us all be thankful not just on that day but each and every day for all the blessings in our lives that God has given us.

Speaking of being blessed, the Delphos chapter of the Junior Catholic Sons of America recently held a food drive and donated their collection of canned goods to the Thrift Shop. The Food Pantry really needed that boost, especially as the holidays are approaching and we want to be able to help out as many families as we can. Challenge your family members to all bring a canned good or two to your get-togethers and then donate those to the Thrift Shop’s Food Pantry. What a way to make everyone feel good and blessed.

In conjunction with the Community Unity Meals On Us program on Thursdays at the United Methodist Church, Thrift Shop’s Social Services Director Becky Strayer is working on putting together some classes and instructional materials for those who are attending the dinners.

The goal through these classes and materials is to help equip the clients with information and helpful suggestions to make their lives better. Some are so broken and depressed and we want to be more than a band-aid. We want to be a hand up and not just a hand-out. It’s the “teach a man to fish” philosophy. Topics and materials should be available shortly for presentation at the dinners.

As we’ve done for many years now, it was decided to again donate several hundred gift certificates to the Delphos Community Christmas Project. We also will continue to donate Christmas trees, decorations, lights and ornaments to the project as in past years. Please don’t throw away your old artificial trees, even if they’re in pieces. Drop them off and we’ll get them to the guys at Hohenbrink’s who will re-work and repair them.

The Thrift Shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will have regular shopping hours on Friday and Saturday. We will also be opened for our regular shopping hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Plans are underway and are being discussed for a Prom and Bridal Show, which will hopefully be held some time in January. We will post all the details when the plans are finalized. Many beautiful dresses have already been donated but we will greatly appreciate any more you care to donate, along with shoes and jewelry. All donations are tax-deductible; just ask for a receipt.

We are patiently waiting for the new doorway between the current shop and our annex building to be completed. The footers are in and the steel for the sides and the roofing material is ordered. The biggest hold-up is, of course, the state-mandated regulations and “red tape.” We did paint the step into the annex a bright, very noticeable orange to caution shoppers to be careful upon entering and exiting.

Many nice items are still available in the Christmas Shop annex — great knick-knacks and table decorations, stockings, Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts, trees and all the trimmings. There’s some very beautiful, fancy little Christmas dresses for the little girls for the holidays, too.

The Boutique has some very nice leather jackets and purses and be sure to browse all the nice crystal, and china, and the nice array of porcelain dolls. There are many clothing items still with the tags on and shoes, too. Stop in to check it out!

If you’ve driven up to the drop off window with a donation and the window is overloaded, stop around to the back door of the shop. Someone is always there from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. We’ll gladly help you unload, too. We very much appreciate your gently-used, clean items. Please, never leave things on the sidewalk; it’s against the law as people may stumble over it and those nice items are then subject to the weather and may not be able to be used if left in the rain or snow.

The Thrift Shop has a nice “problem.” Our business keeps getting bigger and bigger. To help alleviate an overload of duties on just one person, (the shop coordinator), the board has decided to separate those duties and designated Barb Haggard as the volunteer coordinator and Kelly Williams as the retail coordinator. Each of these gals can now dedicate the time needed to make the Delphos Thrift Shop the best in the area.

As always, if you’d like to volunteer your help, please call the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942. Or, if you’re in need of assistance, please call us to arrange for an appointment with the Social Services Director.

All of us at the Thrift Shop wish you a time of joyful, peaceful reflection about what you’re truly thankful for and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 

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