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THE RIVER - AUGUST 7, 2015
Community Thrift Store Donates
Clothing To Haitians In Need
The Community Thrift Store, owned and operated by Shell Point Retirement
Community, recently donated surplus clothing worth $1,500 to more than
150 disadvantaged individuals living in rural areas of Haiti. Shell Point laundry
supervisor Joseph Julmeus personally delivered the supplies during a trip earlier this
After a particularly plentiful summer of donations, The Community Thrift Store
found itself with a surplus of gently-used clothing. “The thrift store occasionally shares
extra goods with other non-profit charities, in an effort to ensure that those in need
can benefit from our collected donations,” said Dianne Morton, resources and trans-
portation manager at Shell Point.
Around this time, Morton was approached by Julmeus. “Joseph shared that he had
an upcoming missions trip to Haiti and we immediately recognized it as the perfect
opportunity to put excess resources to good use.”
Julmeus transported the donated goods to Haiti and worked with a local missions
organization, Missionary Enterprise, to distribute the items to those in greatest need
throughout the country. More than 150 Haitians benefited from the supplies, including
those who remain displaced from their homes by natural disasters.
“The need in Haiti is great and it was my honor to present clothing from The
Community Thrift Store to many thankful people,” said Julmeus. “Their gratitude was
overwhelming. I hope it inspires others to give.”
Since opening in 2011, The Community Thrift Store has donated a portion of its
profits to nonprofit organizations, especially those that support seniors in the greater
Southwest Florida community. The store is located in Miner’s Shopping Center on the
corner of McGregor Boulevard and Gladiolus in the Iona area of South Fort Myers.
Learn about upcoming “steals and deals,” by visiting the store’s Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/thriftstoreshellpoint, or call 225-6529 for more information.
Community Thrift clothing distribution in the rural region of Saint-Marc
Joseph Julmeus poses with Haitian children wearing donated clothing
Local Firm’s Employees
Hold Ice Cream Social For Elders
Employees of the accounting firm Leslea Ellis, LLC gave back to seniors in our
community during a United Way Day of Caring by putting on an old fashioned
ice cream social and bingo game. The event took place at the Friendship
Center’s Living Room. The Friendship Center is a United Way Partner Agency
The afternoon ice cream social had a patriotic theme, and all of the elders received
a goodie bag to take home. The Living Room at the Friendship Center is an adult day
service for frail or memory impaired persons, providing an enjoyable and safe environ-
ment along with companionship and activities.
“Senior Friendship Centers is grateful when agencies like Leslea Ellis, LLC. give
of their time and talents to brighten the lives of our Adult Day Services clients at The
Living Room,” said Margaret Baugher, RSVP Director at The Friendship Centers.
“The clients enjoyed the ice cream, extra attention and the special bingo game and
“My staff and I agree that participating in United Way Day of Caring service proj-
ects are our way of showing others that we care about our community and our citi-
zens,” added Leslea Ellis, CPA and CEO of the company. “While these community
service agencies certainly need funding, often, the unmet need is one’s time. We decid-
ed to do our first community service project at the end of last year with the intention
of participating in 3 or 4 each year. We look forward to returning to The Living Room
again in the near future for more fun and games, and ice cream, of course!”
The United Way’s Day of Caring is a year-round program, coordinated by the
United Way Volunteer Center which matches businesses’ desire to help with the
needs of the community. Many local groups and companies have participated such as
Chico’s FAS, Inc., Publix Supermarkets, Gartner, Lee Memorial Hospital System and
Lee County Clerk of Courts Office.
The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer
opportunities throughout our community. You can reach the United Way Volunteer
Center by calling 433-2000 ext. 260 or by visiting www.unitedwaylee.org.
Bingo at Friendship Center’s Living Room and Leslea Ellis, LLC employee Peter Savino.
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