|Ruth Richter and Peggy Ashton-Parker, the star performers in this|
story, present a check for $1,000 to GV Fire Chief, Jon Delvalle.
Granny's Closet happily provides clothing, furniture, and household
items for anyone who cannot afford them.
|A check for $500 to Golden Eagle Radio 97.5 brings smiles to|
Babe Boomer and Steamer Bill Harder, proof that Granny's Closet
makes everyone feel good.
|GV Library Director, Kathy Smith, welcomes the $500 check|
from the Senior Center. 50% of Granny's sales goes back to the
Senior Center, to maintain its facility and for operating expenses.
Not one to discard a good idea, Ruth tackled new board members the next year and won them over. Thus, in the late spring of 2007, eight women sat in Ruth’s living room, surrounded by boxes of clothing, while a very willing Ron lumbered back and forth from the basement with more boxes.
The most important decisions made at that time were about pricing. Granny’s Closet is a marvel of unbelievably low prices. “I had no idea what kind of success we’d have,” Ruth admits. “I had never run a business in my life. I figured we’d get enough to have a little operation—in my wildest dreams, I thought maybe $500 a month, some day.”
|Mary Wilson, mad organizer and president of the GV Center|
for the Arts, accepts a $500 check from Ruth and Peggy.
Granny's is 100% non-profit, supporting the
Ruth is convinced that when you do a donation project like this, you need to share with the community: “If it doesn’t help the community, I don’t want to be involved.” The
“As far as I’m concerned,” says Ruth, “even when my back and legs and shoulders are aching, there’s a win in my mind—nobody’s a loser. The whole nature of the thrift shop should be to try to help those who can’t go to Macy’s and don’t want hand-outs.”
For her final advice, she adds: “For anybody to be involved in volunteering, one has to have the passion for it. You must really want to do it. Find something you can feel that way about.”
Ruth Richter says without reserve, “Granny’s is my passion!”