In all, 23 non-profits receive $120,200 from Church Women United
PRINCETON — Church Women United, which raised $120,200 through The Closet in 2017, distributed those funds to 23 non-profit organizations during a gathering Wednesday at the second-hand shop in Princeton.
“This is a real exciting day,” said board member Karen May prior to handing out the envelopes with checks enclosed to representatives of the non-profit organizations.
“We work all year for this day,” May said.
May added manager Jessica Peterson and assistant manager Cindy Strader are the only paid employees of The Closet. Many other volunteers donate their time as cashiers, sorters and cleaners.
“We can always use more volunteers,” she added, “men and women.”
The clothing and other items in the store are all donated to The Closet, which is supported by six churches in Princeton.
The Closet opened in 1968 as a way to assist migrant workers and their families, as well as construction workers who were building Interstate 80. Today, the shop benefits innumerable people with gently-used clothing, household items, furniture, books and toys at very reasonable prices, added Marilyn Eckberg, longtime board member.
“Without its loyal customers and the endless volunteer hours of those sorting or hanging clothes, cashiering and bagging, The Closet would be unable to continue,” Eckberg said..
The Closet also serves people in need, such as victims of fires, who receive clothing and necessary goods at no cost. Many items from The Closet are also provided to area nursing homes and churches, and vouchers are given to individuals referred to the shop by a number of agencies, Eckberg said.
The organizations that each received a portion of the $120,200 given out this year are American Red Cross, Another Child, Arukah Institute, Boy Scout Troop 1063, Bureau County Food Pantry, Bureau County Senior Center, Bureau Valley Buddy Bags, Festival 56, Freedom House, Gateway Services, In-Home Care-VNA, Learning Stage, Making It Program, Our Table, Prairie Arts Council, Princeton Buddy Bags, Princeton Ministerial, Second Story Teen Center, Special Needs Prom, University of Illinois Extension and 4-H, Cornerstone, Western Bureau County Food Pantry and Young Life.