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February 27, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Feb. 27

Consider giving to St. Mark’s charities

Recently, I had the incredible experience of working in the clothes closet at St. Marks United Church of Christ clothes closet in New Albany with my friend Kate Caufield. I took my oldest daughter, Abby, 9, with me, and Kate brought Emily, who is also 9. 

More than 100 people lined up to receive donated clothing and shoes, and some were clearly in dire straits. As we packed up bags, a woman asked if there were personal hygiene items available. I told her no, but wrote down a name and phone number of an organization that might have those. 

She held the piece of paper up to the end of her nose to try to read it. That simple gesture told me she couldn’t see well at all. She thanked us profusely and said she was headed to the soup kitchen, also a ministry of St. Mark’s.

After she left, I discovered a tiny blue baby shoe that someone left behind. I thought it was hers. I ran to the soup kitchen to see if she was there. She was not. I was close to tears, and what really put me there was thinking about someone who has a baby — a tiny baby — and almost no means to care for the baby except love. The desperation and gratitude mixed together in that room made me realize, again, that I want for nothing. I have few problems that money cannot solve — therefore, I have no problems, really, to speak of.

You have riches, too, and they’re probably beyond your own comprehension. If you’re looking for a place to take your used clothes, shoes or personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, etc.), take it here. Those who are in need will deeply appreciate it.

You can bring donations by Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the church office at 222 E. Spring St., New Albany is open. If you are in need, the clothes closet is open every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and the soup kitchen from noon to 1 p.m.

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