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Salvation Army Major Richard Carroll announced the Richmond Salvation Army as “the number one thrift store in Kansas and western Missouri” at the Wednesday, Jan. 28 Program Bellringing Award Ceremony at the Ray County Library Community Room, 215 E. Lexington.
The store achieved its ranking for having the highest sale ratings in their district which encompasses western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
Over 50 individuals, representing churches, businesses, store volunteers, schools and other organizations, arrived for a buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Store Manager Joy Story emceed the ceremony, introducing each speaker. Ray County Commissioner Allen Dale, who serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, extended a welcome to the group. Dale said, “I never cease to be impressed with this organization and all it accomplishes.” He paid special recognition to the volunteers.
Carroll made the announcement regarding the Richmond store being the number one thrift store, thanking everyone for helping the Salvation Army to fulfill its mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human need in His name.
Referencing the paper listing the 2008 statistics for Ray County, Carroll said, “Each of these numbers represents a person. The need is remarkable here in Richmond.”
Carroll shared a story from the gospel of Matthew in the Bible in which a woman pours perfume from an alabaster vase onto Jesus and is chastised by His disciples. They ask, “Why this waste?” They said the perfume might have been sold and that money given to the poor. Jesus answered, saying, “Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath done a good work for me. The poor you will have among you all your life, but I will not always be with you.” He went on to state that the woman was preparing him for burial.
Pointing out the woman was given no name in Matthew, Carroll talked to the volunteers assembled and said, “It’s not your name, or who you are. It’s what you did to help the needy and poor in Richmond.”
Caseworker Judy Zilliox read the client stats, saying, “We didn’t have as many families, but we had more children.” She said they also helped with medical, prescription and eyeglasses to those who needed them.
“Unfortunately we can’t help everybody,” Zilliox said. “But, we try to get the biggest part of them.”
Introduced as the person who answers the phone so kindly, Margaret Burton gave the Christmas office and kettle statistics. Christmas office numbers were: “2,806.80 in Nov; $5,101.01 in Dec.; and $2,110 in Jan. for a total of $10,017.81. Christmas kettles, with the volunteer bellringers collected “$3,377.92 in Nov. and $10,732.09 in Dec. for a total of $14,110.01. Adding the $546.43 from the counter kettles to the bellringing and office numbers brought the total Christmas campaign collections to $24,674.25.
Store Manager Edna Clancy thanked all of the volunteers for sorting, stocking and pricing of the donated items.
“Sales are holding good,” Clancy smiled. “We got a challenge today. Someone’s going to try to knock us off our perch.” (meaning another thrift store wants the number one thrift store recognition.)
“Donations are slow now, due to weather,” Clancy continued. “We’ve been cleaning and straightening.” She is looking forward to donations picking up again in February.
Clancy announced a new promotion the store hopes the public will support. In February, the Richmond Salvation Army will begin selling gift certificates that customers can use for birthdays, special holidays, or whenever suits them.
Story thanked the Advisory Council for their ongoing support. Describing them as the “power behind the volunteers,” Story expressed her appreciation for their help in planning, fundraising and with building projects.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to the schools in Richmond and Orrick, several local and other businesses, civic, veterans and church organizations, as well as youth organizations such as 4-H, Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol.
Photo: “It’s not your name or who you are. It’s what you did to help the needy and poor in Richmond,” said Major Richard Carroll of the Salvation Army during his address to over 50 volunteers gathered for the Bellringing Award Ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 28. (Photo by Brenda Jensen/The Daily News)