News and Tribune

February 27, 2013


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.

A big thank you to the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County for donating socks and underwear for clients.

Do something today for which the only return you will get is love. It’s all you need, though there are many who need so much more.

— Robyn Davis Sekula, New Albany


Sign up for cancer study

 What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? 

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer?” 

Residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place in Louisville and Southern Indiana at Baptist Hospital East, Floyd Memorial Hospital and the YMCA of Southern Indiana — Clark County Branch during March 19-20. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3. 

For more information, visit, email or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888. 

— Mary Kost, New Albany