Volunteers help make holidays affordable for Peninsula

<I>Contibuted photo</I><BR>Georgia Fine, left, and Vera Stanard decorate one of the trees available for sale at His Supper Table's Thrift Store.

LONG BEACH - Twenty volunteers were awarded Presidential Service Awards last week for making the Peninsula a better place to live, particularly for those on limited budgets. Providing meals and offering low-cost items at a thrift store are just some of the ways His Supper Table volunteers make a difference.

With the economic downturn, more people are taking advantage of the resources that help stretch their budget. Local merchants have donated new items to the Thrift Store, making it a great place to shop for Christmas gifts. The store is also stocked with antiques that dealers have generously donated. The book library, located within the store, offers current titles as well as rare books and first editions, starting at 25 cents. Anyone looking for Christmas decorations will find them at affordable prices. His Supper Table Thrift Store, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, is located at 4607 Pacific Way, in Long Beach.

Funds raised from Thrift Store sales support the primary ministry of providing free meals to anyone who needs them. Dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Peninsula Church of the Nazarene, located at Pacific Highway and 13th St. N. Everyone is welcome.

Volunteers who received Lifetime awards recognizing 4,000 hours of service were Georgia Fine, David Stanard and Vera Stanard. Gil Baker, Katie Braaton, Cassandra Lofling, Sara McNeal and Deanna Renfro received Gold awards, recognizing up to 500 hours of service last year. Dane Bonefeit, Harry Campbell, David Craft, Matthew Greene, George Robinson and Marcy Salisbury received Silver awards, recognizing up to 250 hours. Receiving the Bronze for 100 hours were Marlys Bancel, Jennifer Bratton, June Craft, Bob Koskela, Patty Koskela and Van VanDemarr.

Local residents interested in volunteering at the Thrift Store during 2009 should contact Gil Baker or Vera Stanard at 642-4105.

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