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The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

The Mat­tie N. Dixon Community Cup­board cel­e­brated the end of the fiUsW ShDse Rf iWs exSDn­siRn SURMeFW Oct. 18 and held an awards cer­e­mony WhDnNinJ iWs PDMRU GRnRUs fRU DOO of their help.

7he fRuU-PRnWhORnJ SURMeFW sDw ex­pan­sions to the Community Cup­board’s bou­tique, freezer and wait­ing area.

The award cer­e­mony gave 10 plaques to donors who gave $5,000 RU PRUe WRwDUG Whe SURMeFW DnG FeUWifi­cates to those who do­nated be­tween $1,000 and $5,000.

Chris­tine Bouley, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Community Cup­board, said the new 11-by-25-foot freezer now of­fers more space, makes the fa­cil­ity more en­ergy ef­fiFienW DnG hDs Whe DEiOiWy WR hROG more tur­keys and hams dur­ing the hol­i­days. The bou­tique has also ex­panded to 480 square feet with a dress­ing area of­fer­ing more room for clients to shop and for the Community Cup­board to dis­play more items neatly.

She said the Community Cup­board can now ex­pand in its outreach to serve other ar­eas of the community, make larger do­na­tions and can co­or­di­nate with lo­cal gro­cery stores. Ad­di­tion­ally, it can also re­ceive larger amounts of cloth­ing to of­fer in the bou­tique.

Bouley said there are close to 400 clients served ev­ery week and the

num­bers continue to grow.

ies­lie MacDon­ald, bou­tique vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, said she is ex­cited about the new ex­tra space.

“f can’t wait to see the clients’ faces when they come in on Mon­day,” she said.

Be­fore the ex­pan­sion, the en­tire bou­tique con­sisted of one small room, she said. The room was fil­lHG wLWh nRW Rnly FlRWhing for adults but ba­bies and chil­dren as well. ft also in­cluded things like shoes, blan­kets and pock­et­books, which took up a tremen­dous amount of space.

Clients had 15 min­utes WR shRS DnG wRulG finG LW GLI­fiFulW WR gHW HvHUyWhLng they were look­ing for, given the time con­straint, be­cause many brought with them mul­ti­ple chil­dren who also needed cloth­ing and sup­plies.

MacDon­ald, a four-anda-half-year vol­un­teer, said the new sys­tem will al­low for more time to browse and the larger space of­fers greater or­ga­ni­za­tion.

She thanked Clos­et­works fnc. of Mont­gomeryville for its help in in­stalling shelv­ing for the ex­panded por­tion of the bou­tique.

Rich My­ers, pres­i­dent of the Community Cup­board board, said he loves the new ex­pan­sion. ee said while it was a lot of work, the or­ga­ni­za­tion got ev­ery­thing done in this phase of the project.

The last phase of the project will be con­struc­tion of a 14-by-20-foot shed, he said, so the Community Cup­board can have a des­ig­nated space to put do­nated fur­ni­ture. This phase will be­gin as soon as the $8,500 fundrais­ing goal is reached.

Bouley said the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s new web­site launches next week, which will in­clude a wish list and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties for those in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved.

For more in­for­ma­tion ,visit www.com­mu­ni­ty­cup­board.org.

Les­lie MacDon­ald, bou­tique vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, stands in the cup­board’s newly ex­panded bou­tique.

Photo by KATHY CANTWELL

Community Cup­board Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Chris­tine Bouley, right, presents an award to Paul Salotto, of Item Me­dia in Ply­mouth Meet­ing, for his con­tri­bu­tions.

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