By Betty Allison
Special to the Index
GORDON – Twice Blessed, a resale shop in downtown Gordon, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Dec. 5. There will be free drawings for store and Walmart certificates. Tickets for the drawings can be obtained in advance for the drawings on Friday and Saturday. Refreshments will be served.
Five years ago, the Weidner family operated the Gordon Dry Good Store on the Main Street of Gordon. After the death of Mr. Weidner, they cleaned out the merchandise and had no use for the building.
Susan Weidner, wife of David Weidner, had the idea of opening a resale shop. She approached the Gordon Methodist Church with the idea. After meetings to consider the project, it was felt that this would be too large of a task for one group. Other churches and groups were approached to participate in this project.
Following their concurrence, a diverse board of directors was elected; incorporation papers were filed with the state and 501c3 non profit status was obtained. The building was deeded to Twice Blessed and operations began in December 2004.
The Twice Blessed board consists of Paul Ondo, president; Joe Buse, vice president; and board members Carol Miller, Linda Murray, Kay Helms, Jane Privett, Mary Burgett, Theresa Chesnut and Janet Hall.
Groups that have volunteered their time to work are Gordon First Baptist Church, Gordon Methodist Church, Gordon Church of Christ, Mingus Baptist Church, Santo Baptist Church, Lone Camp Baptist Church, Strawn Baptist Church, Ladies of the Lake and the men’s group. Each group works Friday and Saturday. There are no paid employees. Other groups are encouraged to participate.
Everything in the store is donated. People come by every week because there is always new merchandise. Prices are extremely reasonable (clothing for instance, $1.) Donations of good, clean merchandise is appreciated.
The shop carries men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, decorating items (pictures, vases, lamps, floral arrangements, etc.), housewares, small appliances, some furniture, books, audio and video equipment, hardware items, purses, jewelry, curtains, bed spreads, etc. Occasionally small gardening equipment and yard tools are available.
The store participates in the Texas Work Force (Experience Works). Nellene Talley, of Lone Camp, has been working under this program. She has done an excellent job of sorting, displaying, straightening and organizing the merchandise. Numerous community service volunteers have contributed to helping through the Palo Pinto Adult Supervision Office.
Nancy Hall, chairperson of the emergency aid committee, screens requests for assistance, which might be in the form of helping to pay utility bills, car repairs, medical prescriptions, general medical expenses and emergency travel.
At the end of each season, surplus clothing is gathered and taken to Brownwood, where the Baptist Misson Board takes it to Mexico.
The store is open on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.