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By LuAnn Schindler

Calling all volunteers


February 3, 2022

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Volunteer time • MaryAnn Biddlecome waits on a customer, Jenna Hemenway, at the Sunset Second Hand Store in Ewing. Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting donations and stocking merchandise.

Donations continue to roll into the Sunset Second Hand Store, located at the corner of Jackson and Cedar streets in Ewing.

Customers visit the two-story house that's been converted into a thrift store, taking advantage of the popular $5 bag sale.

Started in 2008 by Father James Kramper, the Sunset Store has moved from the old lumber yard, along Highway 275, to its current location.

In addition to clothing, shoppers will find home decor, household items, books, toys, hobby and craft supplies and holiday decorations.

The one element dwindling at the moment: volunteers to sort donations, stock merchandise and assist customers.

Since its inception, the store has relied on a corps of volunteers. In 2018, when celebrating its 10th anniversary, close to 30 individuals from Clearwater, Ewing, Orchard, Page and Royal staffed the shop.

Now, a handful of faithful women from the Ewing community manage inventory.

According to longtime volunteer Linda Wingett, volunteer hours are flexible.

"We're willing to work with your schedule," she said. "If you can donate an hour of time or three hours, we can use the help."

Individuals who wish to volunteer on a more regular basis are welcome, also.

According to the Corporation of National and Community Service, 40% of all Nebraskans volunteer.

Volunteers say the activity keeps them active, while giving back to the community.

All ages are invited to volunteer. Volunteering helps students by learning job skills and building a resume.

It's all part of the store's original mission: to reveal God's love through service, recycling and generosity.

Volunteering is just one mission.

The Sunset Second Hand Store gives back to the communities' residents and assists organizations.

In the past, the organizaiton have purchased flags for Ewing's American Legion post, donated funds to other service organizations and helped with monetary needs for those individuals experiencing a health setback or who need a hand up.

Volunteers also pack and send boxes of goods - primarily clothing - to the Orphan Grain Train, in Norfolk. The Christian volunteer network sends donated goods to people in 69 countries.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Linda Wingett at 402-340-7302 or Doris Ann Bollwitt at 402-394-7773.


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