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Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00 PM



Brutal is the word that comes to mind to describe this winter. Negative temperatures and wind chills, snow, wind, rain, thunder and lightning and now floods. Let’s just all wish really, really hard for warm Spring breezes and maybe that’ll come true.

Something that has come true: my son-in-law, Scott German, got his wish granted this past week. He has been cleared by the doctors to go back to firefighting — something he takes very seriously and is very dedicated to. He has also been working, putting in five eight-hour days (as a foreman, no less!) and in two to three weeks, that will go to seven 10-hour days. He is so proud to be productive again. What a recovery he has made.


For those who know Scott’s story, from the accident to the long road of his recovery, you’ll have to agree how much God has blessed him. Education (and surfing the net) has been key to understanding what someone goes through after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI). We keep telling him that God wasn’t ready for him yet — there’s something more that God will bless him with.


Speaking of being blessed, the Food Pantry continues to receive much needed donations, which go out almost as quickly as they come in. Run by the Social Services Department, the following is a list of the “most wanted/needed” food items, listed in order of greatest need in the Food Pantry: Mac-n-cheese, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, noodles, canned pastas (ravioli, Spaghettio’s, etc.), peanut butter, grape and strawberry jellies, sloppy joe sauce, pork and beans, canned meats (beef, chicken and pork), beef stew/chicken dumplings, canned vegetables (mostly corn, peas or green beans), all kinds of canned fruit, skillet hamburger helpers, soups, tuna, Ramen noodles, cereal (no oatmeal), mustard, catsup and mayo. Nonperishable items needed are liquid dish soap, laundry detergents, toothpaste, shampoo, size four and five diapers and paper towels.

Social Services Director Becky Strayer showed a report to the Board that indicated how that department’s funds were being distributed and that there are more clients to serve this year than there were last year at this time.

She stated, “There are so many more needing help.” If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942 to set up an appointment.

The breakthrough (also known as the hole in the wall) has been made and work is being completed on the walk-through from the Annex to the main shopping area. Shoppers will soon be able to go between the buildings without having to walk outside. When the work is all completed, entrance to the Annex can be gained through the current toy shop area. Stop in and take a look! We’re excited!

The Thrift Shop is always in need of good volunteers. If that’s something you’ve been thinking about and would like to do, please call Becky, Executive Director, at 419-692-2942 to set up an appointment to fill out the volunteer’s application and to find out the times and days that you might be available to help out. Believe it or not, there is a process and paperwork requirement that needs to be followed and documented—but don’t let that simple procedure daunt you! We want and need you!

The annual big end-of-winter sales are over and the change-over to Spring has been made. Now all we need is for the weather to cooperate. The volunteers worked so hard to make the transition smooth and we appreciate their efforts and labors. Sometimes we don’t say it enough; we appreciate all of you and couldn’t continue our mission without you.

The calendar says Spring is almost here, and the shop is filled with cheerful, springy items, so let’s get the snow out of here. I don’t want to see the Easter Bunny with his tail in the snow!

I was impressed with the selection of prom dresses, with all their sequins and poufs, and the wedding dresses are just so beautiful. There’s a very nice selection of mother’s dresses as well. You should stop in and take a look; you’ll be amazed. Of course, if you have something you’d like to donate, we’d be delighted to accept your items and you can get a receipt, if you’d like, for an income tax deduction. Everyone is a winner!

We were all winners when Jesus, which means the Lord saves, died on the cross for each one of us. Let us remember His sacrifice as we begin our inner preparations for this holy time of the year.

Last Updated on Friday, February 21, 2014 9:33 PM

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