Sunday, July 27, 2014

Community partners

6/4/2014

Gary and Cindy Jones, who formerly owned Country Mart here in Ottawa, deserve a huge thank you for their tremendous generosity to our community for the past several years.

Without their partnership, the women of Westminster Presbyterian Church could not have been so successful in meeting the needs of our church and the community as well.

Gary and Cindy Jones, who formerly owned Country Mart here in Ottawa, deserve a huge thank you for their tremendous generosity to our community for the past several years.

Without their partnership, the women of Westminster Presbyterian Church could not have been so successful in meeting the needs of our church and the community as well.

They have supported a fundraiser for Westminster Presbyterian Women for nearly 20 years. They have allowed us to purchase Country Mart gift cards at 95-percent of face value to sell to our church members at full value. This 5-percent profit enabled our women’s group to accomplish many projects for our church and community. Among these were bereavement meals; provide school supplies, backpacks, lice treatment supplies and clothing for Ottawa schools; stock kitchen tools and equipment, repairs, tablecloths, etc; speaker system and pack-n-play for nursery, grocery cards to church members in need; valentine baskets for home bound members; electrical system improvements in Roberts Hall; contributions to Hope House and Presbyterian Children’s Home.

As you can see, we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude, not only for what they have done for us, but for so many ways they helped our community. I know for a fact that they always helped the United Way with fundraisers, as well as every other community activity that involved food and supplies.

Gary and Cindy Jones have never said “no” to a request to help with an event or a fundraiser in our community. I’ll bet that half the people in Franklin County have been involved in a project that had the benefit of the Jones’ generosity. I understand they made a decision to sell the store, but even then they had the best interests of all of us in mind when they sold to a family that has a history of also partnering with their community

I just couldn’t fail to thank Gary and Cindy publicly for their community spirit and friendship. We all owe them a great deal. It is great that they are going to continue to live in Ottawa. When you see them around town, please extend a thank you to them yourself for help they have given you or your group.

 — Judy Hasty,

treasurer,

Westminster Presbyterian Women

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