BY GEORGE J. DACRE
Members of the Thiells United Methodist Church, located on Rosman Road in Thiells, last Saturday cleared out about $12,000 worth of clothes and other donated items damaged when a tree fell and smashed into the roof of the church’s Thrift Shoppe.
Church members salvaged items for St. Pauly’s, a Western New York company that distrbutes used clothing to the needy. Starting with already donated monies, the church, headed by the Reverend Bernie Khaw, hopes to have the Thrift Shoppe back in operation soon and gain the benefit of an expanded upward new fellowship room, bathroom facilities and handicapped accessibility. Currently churchgoers go downstairs for fellowship and bathroom use. More money is needed to add an additional bathroom.
Ace Construction Company of Stony Point, Nytka Electric of Thiells and John Greene Plumbing of Stony Point have all been contracted to do the job, said President of the Churches Board of Trustees Claudia Perry. Ann Dacre and Carol Anderson, co-chairpersons of the Thrift Shoppe, say they are looking forward to its reopening. Members of the church voted for the expansion and reconstruction project. Donations to help complete it may be made through Reverend Khaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.