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Pass the Love makes donations to programs benefiting area youth

WALNUT — Throughout September and the beginning of October, Pass the Love nonprofit thrift store in Walnut, worked on selling a large load of microwaves that came in from the Walmart Distribution Center.

The proceeds of the sales were to benefit the young adult department at the Walnut Public Library and Bureau Valley High School’s Scholastic Bowl team and Drama Club.

Lori Zeman, director of Pass the Love, was successful in sales and was grateful to be able to match proceeds and donate a total of $900 back to her community.

The school’s Scholastic Bowl team and Drama Club each got a $300 check and the library was given $300 to enhance the young adult department.

“We’re grateful to be able to do this, especially with the pandemic,” Zeman said. “It’s pretty special to meet up again and be able to give the personal care items, plus something more.”

In addition to the monetary donations, Pass the Love also donated personal hygiene and clothing items to the high school. Zeman said this is a new program that is slowly blooming at the school. Students in need are welcome to the items.

Daniel Trone, Drama Club director, said the donation will be used to purchase sheet music to enhance students’ skills for the Top of the Valley Radio Variety Show, which students have been working on this fall. The Drama Club has recorded performances on their own that are then edited and put together. Performances can be found at: https://sites.google.com/bureauvalley.net/topofthevalley/home.

Bob Benck and Mary Heing, Scholastic Bowl coaches, will use the donation to purchase new buzzers for the team.

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