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Monday, October 29, 2012 10:06 AM

A week ago Thursday was a huge day of jubilation for the German and Rostorfer families. After nine long scary weeks — two in Toledo, three in Lima, and four at Dodd Hall Rehab Center in Columbus — we were able to bring my son-in-law, Scott German, home! The large portion of bone that was removed from his skull back on Aug. 16 still needs to be replaced. He’s got months of therapy to do as well. For all he’s been through, we celebrate how far he’s come. If you see a 6-foot, 3-inch-tall, really skinny guy walking around wearing what looks like a football helmet — which has to be worn to protect his brain where there’s no bone — please give him your smile and a thumbs up. Do we wish this horrible accident never happened? You bet. Do we appreciate what everyone has done? An even louder “you bet” goes out from all of us! All the prayers, the work you did for the benefits, the support of those events, the monies for food and gasoline for trips back and forth to be with him, and the offers of friends to home-sit with him around our work schedules, and the meals brought in since he’s been home is so appreciated. We’ll never be able to thank you all enough.

Speaking of thanks, we’re getting to that time of year again — Thanksgiving. Maybe you’re hosting the big event and need some table decorations. There’s still time to pick up those reasonably priced items here at the Thrift Shop. Looking ahead to Christmas decorations already? A great selection is available, and more items continue to pour in. I overheard one lady say that she always comes here to get her decorations for her event and then donates them back when she’s done. She even gets china dishes for her guests to eat off of and glassware to use.
“It’s cheaper and greener this way than buying all that plastic,” he said with enthusiasm. “It’s wild and crazy and somewhat mismatched sometimes, but it’s so much fun that way and guests appreciate a heavier plate rather than paper. We have a blast. And then I just bring them back since I don’t have room to store them at my house.”
I’m sure the planet appreciates her attitude, too.
In a recent article, we reported that the Thrift Shop was putting together a Facebook page. After a thorough discussion, it was decided not to pursue that particular avenue. Another means of modern technology is currently being put together. We’ll be sure to let you know when it will be available.
Did you know you don’t have to be female to volunteer at the Thrift Shop? We’d love to have you fellas. All volunteers, male or female, are needed and appreciated. If you can bag or run a cash register (or are willing to learn how to) please let us know. You can call the shop at 419-692-2942 or you can call me, too--419-692-5106. We’ll surely get your name passed on to the ladies that do the scheduling and you can even pick the times that best fit your schedule.
Social Services has been busy; the Food Pantry can always use donations. Non-perishable items, soaps, diapers, toothpaste, deodorants, pastas, soups, vegetables, canned meats, toilet paper, and paper towels; the list is huge and the items are needed.
Last night when I was working, someone came to the register with a gasoline cap for his auto. He had been looking for one and found one for 25 cents here at the Thrift Shop. He was thrilled, and it goes to show that you should never throw it away. Someone might be looking for just that particular item.
Any of your donations can be dropped off at the rear of the building, or if the drop window is full, you can come to the back door (down the alley) and we’ll take it in there, too. If you have a lot, you can call to make arrangements to drop it off, too.
The store is looking great with so many Christmas items coming in. There are beautiful sweaters and holiday apparel to choose from and nice warm coats, too. Yikes, I heard that s-n-o-w word in the forecast, so stop in and get your boots, coats, mittens and scarfs now.
If you or someone you know needs assistance please call us at 419-692-2942 and as always, give thanks to our great, merciful, wonderful God.
Until the next time, that’s this month’s report.


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