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Beacon turns to online fundraising

Effort spurred by Thrift Store closing during pandemic

May 20, 2020
By PAULETTE LeBLANC ( , Pine Island Eagle

On Tuesday, May 5, in honor of "Giving Tuesday Now," the Beacon of Hope held an online fundraiser in an attempt to offset revenue otherwise covered by the thrift store.

"We reached out with notices to a lot of our volunteers, our board and some other people," said Beacon of Hope Director Nancy Buthman. "We ended up receiving a considerable amount, which is great."

Buthman said they'd like to thank everyone, not only for "Giving Tuesday Now," but also for everyone who has donated so graciously. She explained that due to the pandemic, the thrift store has been closed, and so unable to fund the popular Beacon Bites as well as the transportation program.

She said the programs' continuation through this difficult time is a direct result of the generosity of people who've volunteered to keep the Beacon programs going.

Although the Beacon of Hope relies on the United Way as well as the Holiday House of Hope each year, Buthman said the thrift store is a main source of income for them. Thrift store hours have resumed, as of Monday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

"All of this has helped us through this," said Buthman. "It's so important that the thrift store is opening again."

The Beacon of Hope, which provides a variety of services on the island, is located at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City, FL 33956. Visit or call 239-283-5123.



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