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Three cheers for CWU and The Closet

Church Women United had another successful year raising money for charity through The Closet resale shop. We encourage people to keep donating their items, shopping at The Closet, and stepping forward to volunteer.

Last year was a mighty fine year for The Closet resale shop, operated by Church Women United.

The women who run the shop at 2026 N. Main St. in Princeton recently donated the proceeds of that mighty fine year to local community organizations.

A total of $144,700 was distributed to 38 community groups.

Both categories saw a substantial increase over the previous year.

In January 2018, The Closet gave away $120,200 to 23 non-profit organizations, which is quite an impressive accomplishment in and of itself.

But this year, the group raised $24,500 more, and added 15 more community groups as recipients for its generosity.

Shirley Johnson, president of Church Women United, said she was “pumped” about the giving this year, and we don’t blame her.

The groups that received the money were “pumped” as well, no doubt.

They are the Prairie Arts Center, Roadmap Ministries, Cornerstone Community Wellness, Princeton Christian Academy, Buda’s Mason Memorial Public Library, Wyanet Food Pantry, Seed of Hope Farm, Bureau County Red Cross, Second Story Teen Center, Princeton Community Band, Princeton Buddy Bags, University of Extension 4-H, Arukah Institute of Healing Inc., Wyanet Historical Society, Bureau County Historical Society, Freedom House, Festival 56, The Learning Stage, Tabitha’s Hands, Princeton Ministerial Association, Bureau Valley Buddy Bags, Another Child Foundation, Farm Stew International, Gateway Services, Princeton Public Library, Bureau County Senior Center, Bureau County Food Pantry, Christmas For Kids, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bureau County Young Life, Work Camp 2019, A Night to Remember —special needs prom, In-Home Care VNA, Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor, Western Bureau County Food Pantry, and Church Women United — the national, state and local organizations.

Church Women United has hit upon a successful formula that serves the community in several ways.

The Closet serves as a receptacle for people to donate used clothing and other household items that they no longer wish to keep.

It serves as an outlet for people to donate their time and talent for volunteer work. (It takes a lot of volunteers to make it run, by the way. Johnson said volunteers of all ages are welcome — from high schoolers needing community service hours to retired folks who can spare an hour or so on certain days of the week.)

It serves as a place where people from all walks of life can buy used items at reasonable prices.

And The Closet’s substantial profits are distributed once a year to organizations that serve the community in a variety of positive ways.

We join the community in offering praise and thanks to Church Women United for performing such a valuable service.

We encourage people to keep donating their items to the cause, shopping at The Closet, and stepping forward to volunteer so that this mighty fine effort can continue.

— BCR Editorial Board

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