In a sad and unfortunate twist of fate, the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store on Lansing’s near south side burned down just a week before Christmas. The building was a total loss. However, that tragedy has been replaced by many kind acts of generosity from other charities, organizations, and the community at large. A temporary storefront site was donated in the Jolly/Cedar Plaza and numerous items have been donated to the society since the fire.
This morning, I was fortunate to participate in one local effort to help collect donated items from seven area households with three other members of Mid-MEAC (Julie Powers, Nikki Ayres, Andrea Elizabeth-Renee Villanueva) and then deliver them to the new store site.
Given the number of donations, the “Bustang” as Julie likes to call it, from All Saints Episcopal Church came in very handy. Several hours, many bad jokes/puns, and numerous muffins and cookies later, we wrapped up the buscapade through a light morning snow and across icy parking lots and driveways.
The buscapade was a lot of fun, particularly knowing the donations were going to a help the underprivileged and less fortunate in our community. Kudos and thank you’s go out to Mid-MEAC Director, Julie Powers for organizing the event.
If you have items that you would like to donate, the temporary St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store is situated in the Jolly/Cedar Plaza, which by amazing coincidence is located at the southwest corner of Jolly Road and Cedar Street. Thank you to all in the Greater Lansing community who have come to the society’s assistance since the fire.