Letter: Praise for St. Vincent de Paul

It's strange I never read any articles about the wonderful goodness of St. Vincent De Paul's thrift store in downtown Kingman. At Christmas time, everyone goes out: Toys for Tots, Cops Clothing Children, and food baskets. The rest of the year, it lags.

Two weeks before Christmas, the schools received notices that St. Vincent was inviting all of the children to shop for presents for family and friends at the price of a quarter for each item!

My grandchild and I went after school was out and the place was full of happy, lively, laughing people! Each child, when they entered, was given a shopping bag for their treasures! My special grandchild got me a mug and a plaque I had seen before that said, "Many a child has been spoiled, because you can't spank Grandma!"

She saw some of her classmates there, all happy! Kind of disappointed JC Amberlyn didn't cover this story. Paulette, Rose and the rest of the ladies and gentlemen who cover the store all donate their time and energy four days a week.

Last week, I witnessed a family of three eating a sack lunch and the little boy had received (free) a coat, shoes and some clothing. Was he happy! A lot of people receive help without charge when they need it - plus food, clothing and utilities - no one is refused!

The bargains there are really wonderful. I always shop there. Please donate all your usable clothing, shoes and toys to this wonderful organization!

It all helps this community greatly. If you shop there and can put some money in the donation jar on the counter, it goes a long way.

Times are rough; everyone can help and should help! Please do your best!

Lillian Mandeville

Kingman