A true Cin­derella story

Cin­derella shop vol­un­teers host NMC aux­il­iary meet­ing

The Covington News - - Local News - By Jenny Thompson

Cin­derella was the belle of the ball with a lit­tle help from a few ded­i­cated vol­un­teers. Vol­un­teers of the Cin­derella Shop hosted the New­ton Med­i­cal Aux­il­iary gen­eral meet­ing Tues­day af­ter­noon at First Bap­tist Church of Cov­ing­ton.

The Cin­derella Shop is a con­sign­ment shop on Pace Street which sells gen­tly worn cloth­ing as well as linens, jew­elry, lug­gage and small dec­o­ra­tive items to raise funds for new hospi­tal equip­ment.

Vol­un­teers or­ga­nized a fash­ion show telling a bit about the his­tory of the shop as well as pro­fil­ing some of their key work­ers.

“ Please wel­come Cin­derella as she was in the early days when she had no home of her own,” said vol­un­teer Carol Paschal, “ and she lived with her wicked step mother and mean, ugly step sis­ters.”

Vol­un­teer Wendi Martinez then saun­tered into the fel­low­ship hall with a broom look­ing rather di­sheveled. Marty Shep­herd then amused the au­di­ence with a retelling of “ Rin­der­cella” orig­i­nally told by “ Hee- Haw’s” Archie Camp­bell.

Martha Tay­lor, NMC di­rec­tor of vol­un­teer ser­vices, told the story of how the shop came to be. More than 15 years ago hospi­tal vol­un­teer Peggy Gainer, who has vol­un­teered for 50 years, at­tended an Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing to present in­for­ma­tion about a lo­cal fund- rais­ing pro­gram.

At the meet­ing Gainer heard vol­un­teers from an­other state talk­ing about their suc­cess­ful con­sign­ment shop fund raiser and took pages of notes.

Gainer en­tered the hall dressed as the Fairy God­mother, wav­ing a sil­ver wand over the at­ten­dees.

“ Peggy waved her magic wand and a gen­er­ous land­lord ap­peared with a great cas­tle on Floyd Street,” Tay­lor said. “ Cin­derella, sev­eral good step sis­ters and a few Prince Charm­ings got to­gether to clean, paint, dec­o­rate and trim the shop.

“ Just as our wise Fairy God Mother pre­dicted, the clothes started com­ing in and in Fe­bru­ary 1992, the Cin­derella Shop opened its doors.”

Even­tu­ally the shop re­lo­cated to Morgan Plaza on Pace Street. This sum­mer Peggy Chancey be­came the shop’s new man­ager and the store’s ex­te­rior was re­vamped.

Vol­un­teers again helped with re­dec­o­rat­ing. Sally Losch made new cur­tains and Gerri Wead­ick cus­tom de­signed the store win­dows.

Paschal then in­tro­duced aux­il­iary mem­bers Amy Larimer, Becky Ratliff and Jo Ann Owens as mod­els wear­ing spring at­tire which can be found at the shop and rein­tro­duced Cin­derella — Martinez — in her ball gown who was es­corted by Hay­wood Owens dressed as Prince Charm­ing.

The Cin­derella Shop is open Tues­day through Satur­day from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m.

“ Please stop by with your gen­tly worn, clothes, clean and on hang­ers, and bring your friends and fam­ily to shop with our beau­ti­ful Cin­derel­las who are there to help,” Paschal said. “And now, we have to go be­fore the clock strikes and we turn into pump­kins.”

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