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“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.

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