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Good Samaritan thriving

Posted: Thursday, Aug 15th, 2013

Left to right: Donna Sante and Marilyn Van Vleet (Clothing), Sharon Rechmond, Betty Josewski, Joan Kegler, Sherry Wurtz, and Penny Ihnen (Food Pantry. DEREK KEELING | REDFIELD PRESS

What started with a tragedy has turned to a major triumph.

The Good Samaritan Center began after a fire took place on Main St. in 1988. The fire left nine families without food, clothing, and other items needed. That’s when Penny Ihnen and Sherry Wurtz stepped up to the plate and gave the nine families something back.

Since then, the Good Samaritan Center has provided food, clothing, and other needed items to the community. There are two places people can go at the Center itself. One side of the building is the food pantry, where people can get a box of food three times a month per family. The other side of the building is a little thrift store, where people can buy needed clothing and other household items for extremely cheap.

Families receiving food will get a well-rounded meal: meats, veggies, fruit, pasta, sauces, etc. The Food Pantry gets food from the sale of clothing and other items from the retail side of the store. When more food is needed, the Center will buy more from Feeding South Dakota, a statewide foodbank. “We haven’t had to purchase food from Feeding South Dakota because of the wonderful residents of Redfield,” Penny Ihnen said. “This community is amazing,” she continued.

The Good Samaritan Center helps families out during the hard holiday seasons as well, providing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, as well as Christmas gifts for children, to those in need. Last year they gave 220 children under 18 Christmas gifts. The Center serves Hand, Faulk, and Spink Counties.

Currently, the Good Samaritan Center is providing children with school supplies.. In 2012, roughly 175 children received school supplies from the Center. “We do other things than just feed,” Sherry Wurtz said. The Center also provides one-time prescriptions to those that despretely need them.

The Good Samaritan Center works with the ministrial Association, The Salvation Army, The Family Crisis Center, and many more.

For the complete article see the 08-07-2013 issue.

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