“I just didn’t imagine it would be the first day,” she said.
Those in attendance included members of the organizations the Church Mouse aids through sales, including the Lord’s Place, Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches and Palm Beach County Food Bank.
This season, The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea’s Outreach Ministry hopes to raise $1 million through the Church Mouse for educational programs, scholarships, pantries and shelters in the community.
Nonprofits and charities can apply for aid through Nov. 30 now that the grant cycle is open.
“Through The Church Mouse, The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea is able to minister from Palm Beach to Pretoria (South Africa), and we are grateful for the remarkable work they have done and will continue to do in this their 49th season,” Rev. Salmon said. “The work of the founders of the Church Mouse, the staff and loyal volunteers, and our patrons make the action of the Gospel possible through the proceeds generated every year, and lives are changed on a daily basis because of our work together.”
The store had a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing from the Rev. Burl Salmon.
Tilly Marie Smith is the first in line, followed by owners Barbara Ann and Keith Smith, who hope to find a new carrier for Tilly at The Church Mouse.
Joseph Morrone traveled from Miami Beach to attend reopening of The Church Mouse.