43 WELCOME to the THRIFT SHOPPE! PLCCOA (Priest Lake Christian Community Outreach Association) Location: On Hwy 57 at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church. By their gracious donation of the use of their building we are able to help people in need. Days open - year-round: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Hours open: 10am to 3pm Bring donations to: The Thrift Shoppe but ONLY on days it is open. Please do not leave bags and boxes at the doorstep. Acceptable donations: SMALL kitchen appliances: Toasters, coffee pots, blenders, hot-plates, dishes and other kitchen items. Clothing: Infant, children, women and men’s. Seasonal items: Christmas decorations, 4th of July, Easter etc. Craft items: Yarn, etc. Linens: Towels, sheets, etc. What happens to the money earned by the Thrift Shoppe? The Thrift Shoppe is run by volunteers. Except for minimal operating costs, it ALL goes toward helping with emergency needs in the community. Some of the needs met in 2016 were: dental and medical services, medications, rent, portable heaters, propane, wood and many more. We also direct those who will have on-going needs to where they can find continued help. Since our inception, we have given over $6,000 to individuals and families in our community toward helping with their emergency needs. Cash donations: Large and small are all welcome! If it is just “keep the change” when someone buys an item at the Shoppe or larger donations by other out-reach organizationsinourcommunity,itALLadds up to helping the people in our community who are experiencing emergency needs. How do I contact PLCCOA if I have an emergency need? Call our emergency phone and leave a message: 208 597-5842. The Story of Lake Friends Buzzie Welch Priest Lake has become like an institution for many of the residents and visitors who come here. Some cabins have been around for over a hundred years and have been passed on to children and grandchildren. Families have traveled to stay at one of the resorts or camp at one of the campgrounds for literally generations. We see the same people spend the summer and watch their kids grow up on the lake, and then as one generation passes on, another comes to replace it – new faces – same names, same families. Word spreads and newcomers join a long line of pilgrims that fall in love with the Crown Jewel. Many of us, who winter elsewhere or even stay, eagerly wait for spring when our friends come back to the lake like the swallows to Capistrano. And friendships are renewed and new ones are made thanks to the catalyst of Priest Lake. All of us have a story of someone we met at the lake that became a lifelong friend. This is ours. In 1994, we had just purchased a piece of land and started building our cabin. Being on an island, it became a challenge hauling materials and equipment. Our pontoon boat became our pickup truck. Camping next to us was a couple with what we called “a big boat”, and they would sit on the beach and watch us bring in lumber from the shore. About the third trip, the gentleman walked down the beach and asked if I was going to go back for more lumber, and if I was, could I pick up a couple bags of ice for him and he’d help me unload. I agreed wholeheartedly since I was mainly working by myself and could use a hand. Well, one trip led to another, and each time I pulled in he would help me unload and stack. We introduced ourselves and as we started building over the next week, the couple would walk over and pitch in. They became so fascinated with the project that they extended their vacation long enough to help put up the walls. The following year they returned again and helped us in wiring the cabin (he was a former electrician in the Navy). And each year for the next few years they returned each summer until they finally popped the question. Could they get married on our beach? We were delighted, and still after 23 years, they return to renew their vows and stay with us. The lake works in mysterious ways to bring people together and create lasting friendships.