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  • Beta Sigma Phi helps Tabitha's Closet

  • Christmas came early this year to Tabitha’s Closet in the form of a check for approximately $3,500 presented by the Independence Council of Beta Sigma Phi.

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  • Christmas came early this year to Tabitha’s Closet in the form of a check for approximately $3,500 presented by the Independence Council of Beta Sigma Phi.
    A holiday luncheon was held at First Christian Church where Beta Sigma Phi members and their guests were allowed and encouraged to bid on numerous donated items, All profits were then given to Tabitha’s Closet.
    Tabitha’s Closet is an outreach ministry of First Christian Church of Independence, serving families in the Independence School District by providing shoes and clothing at no charge. Children are referred through the school liaison officer according to their needs. Each family may come in twice each school year or more often if the school officer deems necessary. More than 1,900 children from 525 families were served during 2011-12 school year from more than 30 schools and social service organizations. This amounted to 1,400 pairs of new shoes, 5,500 pairs of jeans and 11,000 shirts, in addition to new underwear, socks, coats and various other items.
    So far this year they have already served 1,140 children as times are tougher and needs are greater. Members of the church and community donate new or gently used clothing. Items are also purchased from thrift stores and garage sales. New socks, underwear, shoes, gloves and hats are purchased. Tabitha’s Closet partners with the school district to receive, store and distribute coats donated by Project Warmth.
    The Closet is run by volunteers, which is how Beta Sigma Phi became involved. Last year, over 6,500 hours were logged by the all-volunteer staff. Some of those volunteers were members of Beta Sigma Phi.
    Knowing of the good The Closet does and of the need there was, the various chapter Presidents, led by April Milam, decided to make our December Holiday Event a luncheon and auction benefiting The Closet. That got the ball rolling for all of the chapters to start collecting items for auction. These ranged from lovely baskets filled with candy, spa items and Hallmark products to cookie trays, gym memberships, children’s books, and sports memorabilia from Royals, Chiefs and Mavericks.
    The auction took place after a wonderful luncheon and was done by a member of Preceptor Iota, Kathy Montalte. Other committee members were Sandy Lee, Shearie Shaw, Cherlyn Harding, Linda Potter, Gini Antoine, Charlotte Huddleston and Nancy Fisher. The luncheon was attended by approximately 100 people and they were ready to bid.
    President of the Independence Council of Beta Sigma Phi for this year is Bobby Ivey. There are 11 active chapters and approximately 125 active members in the Independence City Council. This is just one of the many projects done by this group.
    Tabitha’s Closet is always in the need of donations and at present time they are needing lots of clothes for elementary aged students. Contact Tabitha’s Closet at 816-252-6100. All donations made are tax deductible and 100 percent of monetary donations will go directly to The Closet.
    Page 2 of 2 - Information for this article concerning Tabitha’s Closet was supplied by Norma Tibbetts, co-director. For more information concerning Beta Sigma Phi, contact Beta Sigma Phi International at 816-444-6800 or Claire Higgins at 816-795-1129.
     
     
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