A pair of Centralia women are working with their church congregation to offer a helping hand to those in need.
Called “Shepherd Supply,” it is a pantry of sorts, based in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Unlike other such ventures in and around Centralia, Shepherd Supply does not specialize in food or clothing.
Shepherd Supply specializes in the collection and distribution of household supplies to those in need.
Their flier reads: “Offering free household supplies for those in need… Small kitchen appliances, cleaning products, bedding, towels curtains and more, gently used.”
Open Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, Shepherd Supply is the brainchild of Sheryl Bartels and Judy Maseman.
Both women said God has been good to them and they want to help others by sharing some of their good fortune.
“I had an idea that I wanted to do something to help people,” Bartels said, sitting on a folding chair next to a wall covered with shelves filled with pots, pans, plates and small kitchen appliances. “I talked to the Methodist ladies. They said they did coats, and other groups did food pantries, but there was a need for household supplies and nobody was filling it.”
She said the pair proposed starting a collection and distribution effort at the church. Maseman and Bartels said it was put to a vote and unanimously approved.
Both women said they were happy to have the opportunity.
For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.