Monday, November 18, 2019

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

Photos by Steve Stefanides | Volunteers enjoy their time together at the dinner.

Photos by Steve Stefanides | Volunteers enjoy their time together at the dinner.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides 

Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself.

Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and clothing.

The lifeblood of the organization is not found in the merchandise it sells, but in the spirit of volunteerism that is found in those that gladly give of their time to man the registers, check in goods at the backdoor, and work the floor keeping the shelves stocked and the aisles clear. Over a 100 individuals, men and women, volunteer their time.

The church and the committee chairs for the Bargain Basket showed their appreciation recently as they hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Hideaway Beach Club for those that do the heavy lifting as volunteers at the “Basket.”

“All the good we are able to do within the community and outside is made possible

Appreciation was given to the Bargain Basket volunteers at a recent evening at Hideaway Beach Club.

Appreciation was given to the Bargain Basket volunteers at a recent evening at Hideaway Beach Club.

by the wonderful efforts and generosity of the volunteers. They truly are the unsung heroes of our organization; without their efforts we couldn’t exist,” said Janet Watson, who chairs the advisory committee for the “Basket.”

The event this year was held at a location other than the church. “We thought it would be nice to hold it at a location where all the volunteers that do so much wouldn’t have to do the work,” said Bargain Basket committee member Trish Nash, who chaired the event. “These folks do so much to make our efforts a success we felt they should be “pampered” some, said Nash.

Pampered they were, as they and their significant others gathered together at the iconic venue of the Hideaway Beach Club and watched the sunset over the Gulf. All of this while they enjoyed refreshments of their choosing and dined on a wonderful entrée and dessert as they enjoyed their time together in a social setting rather than polishing jewelry, hanging clothing and arranging merchandise at their popular location on Bald Eagle Drive.

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