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Paynesville Press - July 31,2002

Community Service Center adds evening hours

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Starting in August, the Paynesville Community Service Center will add evening hours on Wednesdays.

The center, located at 107 River Street, provides food, clothing, and household items to area residents in need.

The center will keep its daytime hours - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. On the second, fourth, and fifth Wednesdays of each month, the center will be open from 4 to 8 p.m.

The first and second Wednesdays will be dedicated to clothing and household goods such as bedding, furniture, and kitchen items. The third, fourth, and fifth Wednesdays will be food pick-up days.

Director Donna Toney will still see clients after hours by appointment.

Toney said the new hours were necessary because it was difficult for some clients to come in during the workday and she was seeing a lot of these clients after hours by appointment.

The center serves residents from Hawick, Lake Henry, Paynesville, Regal, Roscoe and St. Martin. Anybody from these areas is welcome to use the center's services. Proof of income or need is not necessary, although proof of residency is.

The 30-year-old service center is dependent on donations for its survival, noted Toney, and donations of home-grown fruits and vegetables are always nice this time of year. Soon donations of warm clothing and bedding will also be needed.

Toney asks that donations be taken to the center during its operating hours. Items that are left outside after hours could be damaged by inclement weather.

The center will no longer be taking donations of large appliances, although small appliances such as toasters and irons are still welcome

For more information, call Toney at 320-243-4953.

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