Saturday, 09 June 2012 by Terryn Kelly
A small resale shop sits on the inside of the Helping Hands Ministry building. Its' name comes from a long-time volunteer who has given many hours of her time in exchange to help friendly faces.
Laura Mae Peters has worked for the ministry a little more than 12 years. After a battle with an illness she returned to her job only to find that a shop was being named after her, in her honor.
"I did not know they were going to name the shop after me," Peters said. "I was sick and had the flu, and when I came back, Brother Mike came and said we got our tax exempt for the resale shop. I said that's great. He let me see it and I looked and it said my name. He asked me what I thought. I said what did you do that for? He said to honor you. I don't come up here to be honored I come up here to be blessed."
Peters said working in the resale shop isn't a job.
"It's always a joy when I come to work; it's never a chore when I am here," she said. "I love who I work with. They are the greatest bunch of people I have been around. I also enjoy the clients; I have made lasting friendships with several of them."
Laura Mae's has been in business for three years now and is always looking for more volunteers to help out. The shop continuously takes donations whether they are small are large, and items are not only limited to clothing.
"If we feel a piece of clothing that comes in the shop can sell, we will sell it for a certain period of time," Laura Mae's associate Millile Plyant said. "If it does not sell, then we have our little bag sales, which is filling a grocery bag full of clothes for so much money or half price."
From there, if items are still not sold they will then be packed and sent to Austin.
Laura Mae's is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. and on Saturday from 10a.m. until 2p.m.
For more information about volunteering, call (254) 939-1160.