Today starts our new fiscal year.  We are about to start our 33rd year of operating an outreach center. And to think it all started with Sister Isaac working out of the janitor’s closet in school.  We certainly have come a long way, thanks to all the volunteers and donors that have supported us through the years.

As usual, we will be closed for the month of August for a well-needed rest for our volunteers (and me). We’ll do some cleaning and we’ll still be gathering food on the August Share Sunday and  there will be another Knight’s food drive, but we won’t be doing any furniture pickups and we will not be open for donations.

I’m mentioning this now as a reminder for you to bring in your donations while we are still open in July. Call the office if you have any furnishings or appliances to donate and we’ll schedule a pickup. Please remember that we cannot accept any items that are in need of cleaning or repairs.  (Keep in mind we will be closed July 4 and July 5 for the holiday.)

A few more items for you to mark on your calendar:

When we re-open in September, we’ll be accepting donations for our Fall Yard Sale.  Marie and Dave King have been running this semi-annual sale  for years. It’s an important event as it funds our Work for Rent program and keeps the van running for all those pickups and deliveries. The tentative date for the sale is October 6-7.

Also in October, JoAnn Daley will once again head up our Quarter Auction on October 20. This fund raiser started out funding things like purchasing new work boots and locks for the bikes we hand out. In the last couple years, it’s been so successful it has provided extra funds for us to help families with rent and utilities.

Special Need of the Week – During the summer weeks, we see many more children coming in along with their parents.  Our supply of small toys is running low and we’d like to have more to be able to share