The long-awaited grand opening of the Council's third thrift store took place Saturday when Most Reverend Alexander Salazar, D.D., V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of the San Pedro Pastoral Region, blessed the Long Beach facility.
In speaking about how the store and the usable donations represent one aspect of the Council's outreach to the community, Bishop Salazar said, "What we do for our brothers and sisters, we do for the Lord. What we neglect to do for our brothers and sisters, we neglect to do unto the Lord. Through the Lord's transformation, our giving and our hearts make it personal. That's why this (store) opening is such a great event."
South Bay residents not only will find clothing and household items at a fraction of the retail price at the new store - saving them dollars in a difficult economy - but some donations will be distributed free to families in extreme need. Proceeds from the store will also benefit various Council programs to help those in need in the local region.
Also speaking: Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M., Council spiritual advisor; Father Guillermo Rodriguez of St. Matthew Parish in Long Beach; Council President Jim Weiss, Council San Pedro District President Cecilia Ordonez; Council Executive Director Jose Rossier; and the Council's new Deputy Executive Director David Fields.
The day also included Jazz music from the James Gentry Quintet, refreshments and a special two-hour store discount following the event.
Photos (l-r): Bishop Alexander Salazar and Council President Jim Weiss cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Long Beach thrift store; Bishop Salazar, along with Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M., blesses the new facility.