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June 13, 2012

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June 13, 2012 By Joanne Winer The Quartzsite Community Quartzsite Community Thrift Store helps prepare for emergencies Thrift Store has been going since March of 2011, and during the past 15 months, we have been able to give back to the community thanks to the generous donations that we get at the store to sell, and also to the people who come in and buy items. This has been truly a com- munity effort and we thank every- one for their continued support. During the past 15 months, our wonderful volunteers have worked very hard to keep the store clean and stocked so that shoppers could have a friendly and fun place to visit and that would help them feel that they are also a part of what we are doing, since we could not do it without the donations and shop- pers that help us to help others. When we fi rst started, our goal was to be able to give funds to other or- ganizations who work for the com- munity and that could use a little help with funds for their efforts. This is our mission, and we are very proud of what we have accom- plished in such a short time. We started the store with very little funds, but lots of enthusiasm and hard work. We did all of the carpet laying, building repairs, cre- ated outside shade areas, painted, fi xed up shelving, racks etc., and everything else we needed to get open and running. This took a lot of work by some very dedicated volunteers, as does any project like this, and they are the real backbone of this thrift store. We could not do it without all their hard work and dedication. We did several bake sales to start gathering the money needed to get the store open, and to pay out what we needed for our non-profi t status and tax exemp- tion status, and to pay utilities etc. to open the doors. It was well worth all the hard work to see what we have accomplished and how sup- portive people have been to what we are doing. Some people have asked what the money is going for, and we have a large display at the front of the store with photos and informa- tion about what organizations we have helped so far, and we add to it every time we give out a donation, so that people will know just where the money is going. Those who see it, or read about what we are doing in the papers, are very happy to see where our funds are being spent, and we do this so that they will feel that they too are part of the store and part of what makes this such a DESERT MESSENGER SUMMER SCHEDULE Special Summer Edi� ons: DATE Wed. July 18 Wed. Aug. 15 DEADLINE -July 11 -Aug. 8 E-mail Rain at: Desert Messenger • 541-218-2560 good thing for the town. In past 15 months, we have given donations to several groups who really needed some extra funds. To date, we have given out $8,100, and we feel that we have all really helped to make a difference. We are hoping to be able to keep this up, even though the summer is not so busy, and that we can give out funds every month. The recipi- ents of the funds so far are the La Paz County Search and Rescue, Quartzsite Elementary School, The Scholars' Academy, Li'l Scholar's Preschool, The Quartzsite Fire Dept., the Quartzsite Senior Citi- zens Center, the Alliance Church Camp fund, Isaiah 58 Project, The Town Park Snack Shack, and the Quartzsite Food Bank. This month, with all the wild- fi res and other disasters we have been hearing about, the board got together to see what we could do to help the whole town in case of an emergency--like power outages (pretty common every summer), Page 3 or things like a wild brush fi re etc., where it effects the whole town. We talked to Town Hall and they are putting together a disaster plan for the town, but it is not fi nished yet. Since summer is here, and the chances of another power outage are possible, we decided that we would help those who have set up a cooling station for people to go to when the power is out and they cannot stay in the heat. Pastor Bruce Swart of the As- sembly of God Church in town has a backup generator, and last sum- mer he had people come to the SEE THRIFT STORE PAGE 18 HANDYMAN Residential and RV Experienced Plumbing & Electrical Service & Repair. Minor Carpentry & Yard Work. All Work Guaranteed - FREE Estimates! • Qtz. Business Licensed Call Bud 928-583-3905 Pocket Watches (keeping time or not) PUBLIC NOTICE Jim Buys All Non-Quartz This week Jim wants to spend $10,000.00 PAYING $22 PER GRAM FOR 14K GOLD* Jim Buys GOLD in Quartzsite! We pay top dollar for: Scrap Gold, Gold Coins, Dental Gold, All gold Marked 10K, 14K, 18K, Foreign coins, Silver coins, Old U. S. Coins, Proof Sets. All Type Coins, Old U.S. and Foreign Paper Money, Famous Autographs. Jim Buys! Right here in Quartzsite! Conveniently Located Directly across from * Prices subject to change due to market fluctuation McDonald's in Quartzsite! OPEN YEAR ROUND! 1240 W. MAIN ST. • QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA OPEN 7 days a week!

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