SWEDESBORO — This May we celebrate both Mother’s Day and the 34th anniversary of King’s Things. Mothers are the glue that holds families together. As chairman of King’s Things, Gerry Siglow reviews applications for the food pantry and requests for financial aide.
“It is truly amazing how mothers manage to keep a family together on such meager incomes. Our mission “To Feed and Clothe the Needy” is fulfilled by volunteers, most mothers and grandmothers. Again “the glue that holds things together”, he said.
Last year the Pantry at King’s Things fed over 2,000 people. This program is funded by the sale of goods at the thrift and furniture store and by donations from many people, Mrs. Shinline and her students, and the churches. Like clockwork Marie and Ed Young from the Repaupo Methodist Church deliver large amounts of canned goods as well as another gentleman who remains anonymous, Siglow added.
“We receive cash donation as well. Recently the United Way of Gloucester County has listed us as an organization that can be designated as recipient. 90 percent of our revenue is generated by the work of volunteers receiving, processing and selling products,” Siglow stated.
This past Easter, King’s Things volunteers, along with the choir from St.Clare of Assisi, serenaded the residents of Shady Lane Nursing home. Volunteers distributed Easter flowers and gifts to each resident.
“I am deeply indebted to all the Mothers I am in contact with – our clients, our volunteers, our board members and our supporters. Happy Mother’s Day. You are the glue that holds that holds my world together”, Siglow added.