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LENDING A HAND

SERVING - Pictured are Et Cetera Shop volunteers from left to the right, Phyllis Schumacher, Sue Wittmer and Sharon Schertz. The Eureka store will reach 40 years late next month.

EUREKA - The Et Cetera Shop opened for business on June 26, 1978, with Mrs. Ezra Schertz making the first purchase. At that time, the shop was where the Flower Basket is today and the shop was run by a team of volunteers who took turns managing the shop on different days.  

Presently, it is housed in the former Ben Franklin location since 1993 and is still a busy team of volunteers dedicated to the thrift ministry. General Manager Jaimie McFarlin is the one paid staff member, while Norma Ward and Glenna Cunningham are the assistant managers. The shop, which is sponsored by Mennonite churches in Hopedale, Roanoke, Washington, Lowpoint, Morton and Metamora sells gently used items with the bulk of the proceeds going to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

“MCC creates opportunities for people in very desperate situations in different parts of the world,” McFarlin said. “MCC is an organization that looks to the biggest needs of the poorest people and says, ‘What can we do to create relief or education?’” 

In addition, they donate to local charities such as Heart House, South Side Mission, Dream Center, Apostolic World Relief in Goodfield and various food pantries.

See article on May 10 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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