OSAGE | Shop on State made 36 awards in its fall grant cycle, the largest number ever awarded.
The grants totaled $49,160.05 for non-profit recipients throughout Mitchell County.
To date, the donation-based thrift store has awarded a total of $226,470.30 since opening in May 2009. The success of the venture prompted a move to a larger facility – to Washington School – in October 2013. The wealth of furniture donations recently allowed volunteers to expand into yet another room at the school.
Those interested in donating items should do so during regular business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturdays of the month. Donations should be brought to the east door. Shoppers should use the south door.
Donations should include clean clothing, household items in working order, seasonal items and books.
Chris Fannin is manager, who operates the shop under the direction of a five-member board. Members are Sister Millie Leuenberger, OFS, Stacyville, president; Mark Fisk, Osage, secretary; Betty Borchardt, Riceville, treasurer; Gary Gilbert, and Holly Schwarck, St. Ansgar.
Cedar River Complex, AED, $1,500; Carpenter Community Center, center renovation, $1,000; city of Carpenter, street lights with LED fixtures, $2,000; Evergreen Senior Living, Tranquility Garden landscaping, $1,250; Faith Lutheran Home campus, NuStep for physical therapy, $2,000; Faith Home Assisted Living, flag pole, flag and landscaping, $301; First Freedom, Inc., library lighting, $2,000; Lincoln Elementary School, adjustable basketball standard and backboard, $1,679; and Mitchell County Care Facility, activity department, $1,662.05; and,
Mitchell County Economic Development, Home Base Iowa, $2,000; Mitchell County Emergency Management, Force Science Training for law enforcement, $2,000; Mitchell County Environmental Foundation, Jay N. “Ding” Darling display, $300; Mitchell County Food Bank, stock shelves, $2,000; Mitchell County Substance Abuse Coalition, Prime For Life, $1,000; Nissen Public Library, building project, $2,000; North Iowa Community Action Bridges Mentoring, appreciation dinner, $500; Osage Community Daycare, cots and cribs, $910; and
Osage High School Band, trip to Orlando, Fla., $2,000; Osage Middle School, Classroom Connection tablet, $430; Osage Public Library, portable public address system, $300; Riceville Community Center, AED, $1,800; Riceville Community Club, welcome sign, $2,000; Riceville Community Daycare, educational equipment and materials, $2,000; Riceville Community School District, Lego League team, $904; Riceville High School Speech Department, Des Moines trip, “In Search of Fine Arts,” $940; Riceville Community Schools, Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol (SODA), $1,000; and,
Riceville Community School Library, novels for struggling readers, $560; Stacyville Community Nursing Home, new furnace, $2,000; Stacyville Community Nursing Home, therapy room renovation, $1,614; Stacyville Kids Care, changing table, $600; Stacyville Public Library, children’s program supplies, $435; St. Ansgar Chamber of Commerce, shell art and identification, $500; St. Ansgar Community Chamber, Bike Share, $2,000; St. Ansgar High School Choir, score for Masterwork-Sunrise Mass, $1,975; St. Ansgar Police Department, speed trailer, $2,000; and Wee Saints Daycare, toddler table, cribs, changing table, $2,000.