Tonganoxie thrift shop
The call went out last week for donations of food to Tonganoxie's Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank.
Shelves at the food pantry were nearly bare the Friday before Thanksgiving. And although some donations were expected, there's little reason to believe the shop and food bank will make it through the holiday season and winter without help from the community.
Jerry Jones, who's volunteered at Good Shepherd since it opened more than 10 years ago, reported that she had never seen the food supply so low.
The shop, which is operated entirely by volunteers such as Jones, helps area residents with clothing, food, rent and utility payments. It extends a lifeline for people who are living on the economic edge.
The shop needs all types of non-perishable food items, as well as personal items, such as soaps and shampoos, and household cleaning supplies. In addition, the shop will accept monetary donations.
The shop and food bank fill a tremendous need in our area, and money made from sales of donated clothing and furniture is used to help residents in need. Last year, the shop donated $14,325 in cash assistance for utilities and $12,200 for rent. In addition, the shop donated about $20,000 worth of food and $15,000 worth of clothing to area residents.
This Christmas will be a difficult one for many, given the economic downturn in the United States. And it's likely that area residents who never before have required help will turn to Good Shepherd. Winter weather has arrived, so heating bills will begin to pile up for some families.
With the support of the community, the volunteers at the shop and food bank will be assured of having financial help and food available to people who seek them.
This traditional time of goodwill is a perfect opportunity to add the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank to Christmas shopping lists.