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Treasures & Such: What"s Happening? Why?

Garden Conversation

Treasures & Such continues to be a center of activity at SBEC.  Store volunteers planned a couple of events to address particular needs of participants and their families.  A special occasion for the workers was also offered.  

Treasures & Such volunteer Sue McCreary hosted store volunteers for a simple mid-day “Garden Party”.  All who were available to attend agreed that enjoying the beauty of the gardens and relaxing with each other while sharing a potluck lunch was a satisfying way to enrich the work relationship they have already developed through the years.

Halloween costumes for the children of SBEC participants, along with a few seasonal decorations, were offered by Treasures & Such.  Families from St.Luke Catholic School, Erie, shared a wide array of costumes with SBEC families, many of them still in packages.  There was a lot of excitement and satisfaction as shoppers and store volunteers carefully selected items that matched the needs of SBEC families.

A second special sale was offered in November.  Thanks to the residents of Mount Saint Benedict a large donation of winter items was made available to SBEC families.  Winter sweaters, coats and jackets, fleece tops, and boots were available for purchase with Benny Bucks.  Hats, scarves and gloves plus some bedding were also available.  Store volunteers who worked the three days of the sale commented that they helped some shoppers select gifts for their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, as well as for themselves and their children.

In the coming months the store will continue to be open once or twice a week, offering incentive items for the participants to “purchase” with their Benny Bucks.  Special events will also be planned as needs and opportunities present themselves.  

Are there identifiable values that give insight into why the volunteers of Treasures & Such do what they do?  The answer seems to be “Yes”.  As noted in the story on the main page one can discern :
    --- A respect for people and relational interactions whether the person is part of the staff, a volunteer, participant, or visitor.  

    --- A recognition that families are important.  

    --- A quiet enthusiasm present among the volunteers that is rooted in a commitment and a belief in the participants.

For a fuller consideration of these values go to the story on the main page of the SBEC website.

What will Treasures & Such be doing in the coming months?  Watch and see.  Why will we be doing this?  Because of the beliefs and values that motivate us.

A Garden Party Feast
A Garden Party Feast
Finding Halloween Treasures
Finding Halloween Treasures
Selecting a Special Costume
Selecting a Special Costume
A Vibrant Color for Winter
A Vibrant Color for Winter
Warm Bedding for Winter
Warm Bedding for Winter
A Perfect Fit for Winter Weather
A Perfect Fit for Winter Weather