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September 2018
Ed & Vivian Foster

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This month we don’t just have one Volunteer to show kudos upon, we have two! Ed & Vivian Foster are our newest Thrift Store volunteers. They actually came to us thanks to Vivian who was a member. Once they retired following twenty-five years of retail experience, Vivian told Ed that they should help us out at the Thrift Store. That was all it took. They first started out by bringing in store shelves and then by arranging the stock. Now they work 1-2 days a week moving the items from our center to your house. Ed was originally from Fort Huron, Michigan, and came west to Long Beach thanks to the navy. It was fate that the two met at the Central City Mall (the Carousel mall to you youngsters) where they both worked, each taking turns as the other’s supervisor at various stores. They worked so well together they ended up with six kids, fifteen grandkids, and eight great-grandkids! Thanks to Ed & Vivian for arranging our store and for arranging your time to help us out.


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Well, we have to admit that it was one of our smaller crowds for our Annual Christmas Open House, but the rain didnt dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended. Those who did show up, made twice as much noise.

We mixed things up this time with some new acts. First we started out with a special guest, Supervisor Neil Derry, who got things festive with some Christmas Carols, before finishing with a less festive, yet very popular, Burning Ring of Fire ala Johnny Cash.

A party with no dancing? Not here. The winners of our holiday Seniors Got Talent, the Offbeats, came next. Giving hoofers a new meaning, the dancing reindeer troupe of Bobbie Anderson, Suzanne Marconett, and Jennifer Stegall, tapdanced to some holiday favorites.

Following a break of cookies, provided by the Moms and Daughters of the Inland Empire National Charity League, and cake, came the Redlands East Valley Jazz Ensemble, whose carol stylings got everyone jazzed up for Christmas. We also held some 50/50 raffles which enabled us to donate $200 for their band.

Our final act was Harriet Foucher and her Kristal Bells. Everyone got into the act as the audience were given the chance to show their musical talent with handbells. This gave us time for only two more guests. Very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus. They took time out of their very busy schedule to take in some last minute Christmas wishes, and to hand out some treats to good boys and girls. Luckily no one walked away with any coal.

Special thanks to our talented musicians and volunteers to helped us to spread a little Christmas cheer. Finally we would like to thank our sponsors, Leisure Point and the San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians for sponsoring the event.