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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:20
Silver Cross Circle, King's Daughter's and Sons
Janet DeLong presented a program about The Deacon's Shop at the Jan. 13 meeting.  
According to DeLong, Bud Gallier, a former truant officer, discovered that the reason some children weren't coming to school was because they didn't have suitable clothing and/or shoes. Theople Reynolds, who worked at a downtown dress shop at that time and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, decided to solicit clothing and shoes for those in need.  The Deacons' Shop, as it came to be known, came into being about 40 years ago, through her efforts.  Held in First Presbyterian Church, it has been going strong ever since.  Evelyn Wilkins operated the shop for over 35 years and DeLong is the current manager. The shop is manned by volunteers from the church, those who were helped in the past and want to "pay back" and currently by students at the alternative school.
Individuals, schools, other churches, community agencies and shops in the county have freely donated to the shop.  Leftovers from rummage and garage sales have been welcome additions, especially baby clothes.  All who are in need may come to the shop each Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for free clothing.
Donations can be brought to the church from 9 -4 Tuesday through Friday.  They should be clean; free of holes, stains and smoke smell; and appropriate for the season. Items most needed are children's shoes and clothes, men's work and tennis shoes, clothing for teen boys and bedding.
Hostesses Betty Jean Anderson, Suzanne Avery and Kay Bell served refreshments to the 19 members and two guests.  Bobbie Lane presented devotions.
A memorial service honoring the life of Betty Jones was given by Suzanne Avery.
President Emmy Hann presided at the business meeting. Members received  hyacinth bulbs prepared by Jo Vernon. Quilt square cutting will take place at FUM on Jan. 23 at 9:30.
The next meeting will be on Feb. 10 at Wood Haven Health Care Center for a Valentine party from 2:30 to 3:30.