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BETHEL Kathy Westleigh has flown under the radar most of her years in Bethel, but her relentless effort in Canada Goose online the community is canada goose outlet new york city felt all the time.
Westleigh has been a volunteer at the District Exchange every Monday for the last 15 years. official canada goose outlet She makes and changes the curtains every season, keeps the books straight and vacuums and cleans the facility weekly. She wants to make the store a place people “want to come to.”
The exchange is a place where people can donate clothing, and then the exchange will sell the clothing. The sale benefits the food pantry, the canada goose uk shop backpack program at Crescent Park School and the Smile Fund.
However, if she ever sees someone without canada goose outlet store enough money, she’ll give the clothes to them.
Co workers say Westleigh is the epitome of dependable, always being willing to cover shifts for people when needed.
Westleigh is always doing something. She recently started making uk canada goose outlet reusable bags out of animal canada goose outlet feed bags. She sells some of the bags, but gives more away. The bags can hold up to 40 pounds, and Westleigh knows that because she has tested them out herself. She lines the bags and puts a piece of cheap canada goose cardboard at the bottom of it. The cardboard is covered up with a colorful piece of cloth.
Westleigh makes bigger bags for people to put their recyclables in.
She started making the bags five years ago, and credits her friends with helping her come up with the idea.
She gets the bags from the transfer station staff, who save canada goose clearance them for her and then she takes them back home and cleans them out.
She said she gets bags from almost anyone now, all of whom know canada goose factory outlet that she makes them.
A couple years ago Westleigh donated 50 Canada Goose Online canada goose black friday sale of her bags to the University of Maine canada goose outlet sale Cooperative Extension. She plans to donate more of her bags somewhere else this year.
Her bags are popular. Some of the people to whom she’s given them to come into the District Exchange weekly, and every time are using one of her bags to put clothes in.
Her contributions and help are endless. Anytime she goes to the transfer station she brings something for the employees.
“I feed them every buy canada goose jacket Wednesday and Saturday I go, I make them muffins, or coffee cake or chicken noodle soup on a really cold day,” Westleigh said. “It’s a hard job over there, it’s cold, it’s windy and I want to make their day.”
She said she’s been taking them food for more than a year.
She loves to cook and makes the most out of it. Anytime she hears that someone is cheap canada goose sick, she bakes them something. If there’s a death canada goose outlet toronto factory in someone’s family and she hears about it, Westleigh will cook them something also.
“I love doing it for people, I like making people happy. I care about people. This canada goose outlet jackets stuff keeps me going,” she said.
She’s always had a knack for helping people. Growing up she took canada goose outlet online care of her sisters when her mother was sick. Helping out with family made her branch out into helping https://www.zoetermeerinbeeld.nl more people.
“I started helping this one, helping that one and it just continued.”
Westleighsaid she Canada Goose sale enjoys helping the public and spending time with her grandchildren the most. She’s started helping raise them more than 30 years ago.
She’s always cooked for people, but thanks one of her close friends for helping her get involved with the District Exchange. She came there one day and knew the place was for her. After someone transitioned out, she stepped in and has been making it a part of her schedule every week.
Although her efforts may not be widely known, her face is. Westleigh says a 10 minute stop at the grocery store can turn into an hour with all the different people she has conversations with.