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Wesley Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of giving

December 26, 2011

Volunteers and members of the Wesley United Methodist Women's Thrift Shop committee are: Marlene Shoddy, Ann Nelson and Jean Kindred. Not pictured is Chuckie Strang. The ladies are displaying some of the gifts for sale in their decorated kitchen showroom at the Thrift Shop, 216 S. Ohio St., Culver. The shop is open every Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Culver's Wesley United Methodist Women's Thrift Shop has wrapped up another successful year, including providing a host of holiday-related items (at half-price the latter part of December) leading up to Christmas.

Of course, the store always offers just about anything you can imagine: there are books, games, dishes, hats, gloves and fancy sweaters. The profits from the shop go to support missions of the United Methodist Women projects there in Culver, in the area, the United States and throughout the world.

“Missions are our business,” Marlene Shoddy said, while she, Jean Kindred and Ann Nelson with some of the 12 to 14 Tuesday/Friday volunteers worked at getting the showplace ready for shoppers. Culver Community High School students do senior and community service projects at the Thrift Shop and on the ‘Open Sale’ days.

The Thrift Shop, started in the late 1940s, is a place to purchase good, used clothing and household items at reasonable prices, providing the income for their many worthwhile projects.

For example, this year the group gives monetary assistance to a Guatemalan family, provides African University scholarships and supports two children in the “Make-A-Wish” foundation. The funds support two families who have a member with cancer and a local family whose husband/ father has ALS. It donates funding for the Boy Scouts historical trip to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C., and gives to dozens of other worthwhile entities.

The clothing for sale often bears original sales tickets and are for men, women and children alike. If not sold, the items are donated to those who have lost possessions due to fire, families in crises, area schools and gift of warmth programs for those in need of coats, hats and gloves. The Argos Swap Shop benefits from the gifts, the Habitat for Humanity program in Plymouth and the Homeless Veterans Home in South Bend. The Marshall County Humane Society receives towels, rugs and blankets. Anything that doesn’t sell finds a home elsewhere.

To donate items to the shop, leave things on the front porch on any day of the week except Saturday. All items must be in good condition and working order. For those who need clothing, food or monetary help, call one of the members or the Wesley United Methodist Church at 574- 842-2900.

The Methodist women wish to thank the many people who donate and who buy their items. “We are grateful for all the items donated. They are a blessing to us and we can then give our blessing of funds to several mission projects. Thank you and god’s blessings on you all.”

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