Sale features handmade items (& hugs)

November 20, 2010 by

Gray skies and chilly weather were not enough to keep Neighbor to Neighbor from filling up early for today’s Holiday Gifts Boutique. Most came to shop for handcraft crafts and homemade treats. Others came just to show support for the new center in downtown Concordia. And still others were there because they were the women who created everything that was for sale.

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The first-ever event at Neighbor to Neighbor gave the women who have been taking part in the center’s programs a chance to show off their handiwork and to help support the center. All the programs, classes, services and even hugs are free to the women who take part; funding comes from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, a handful of grants and donations from organizations and individuals.

Neighbor to Neighbor opened last May at 103 E. Sixth St. and is operated by three Sisters of St. Joseph — Sisters Jean Befort, Pat McLennon and Ramona Medina — and a growing cadre of volunteers. The center is designed to meet the needs of women and women with young children in Concordia and Cloud County by providing a safe place to spend time and the fellowship of other women.

In its first six months of operation, Neighbor to Neighbor had more than 1,800 visits from women who took part in everything from GED tutoring, English as a second language lessons and budgeting workshops to baking classes, individual counseling and conversation over a cup of coffee.

“Usually I just come in here for a hug,” said one woman at Saturday’s sale. “Today I’ll give back a little by buying a few things.”


3 Responses to “Sale features handmade items (& hugs)”

  1. Carm Thibault on November 26th, 2010 10:13 am

    Congrats again!

    Many firsts for N2N — and the gifts created look lovely! I am glad you had many showing up to enjoy and purchase……!

  2. Jodi Creten on November 21st, 2010 12:11 pm

    Gifts were shared, gifts were developed and satisfaction abounded! What a wonderful way to give back to the public. Keep it up, and it will grow!

  3. Loretta Jasper on November 20th, 2010 5:48 pm

    The first annual????? A great way to add sunshine to a cold and bleary outdoors.

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