N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 GLEANINGS North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society The Gleaners Store has grown in size, impact and business Editor: Harold Sellers [email protected] Note Saturday Operations & Holidays The plant will be closed on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11th. The plant will be open Saturday, November 21, 9:00-2:00. Everyone is welcome. For Christmas and New Years the plant will be closed December 24-27 and January 1-3. T he Gleaners Used Furniture and Appliance Store at 4405 29th Street in Vernon (behind Canadian Tire) has had an incredible year. Monthly sales have been in the $23,000 to $25,000 range recently. Donations of good used furniture and appliances have been received in record quantities. Thanks To Howard Neufeld of Vantage One Realty for supporting our recent plant volunteers BBQ. The store has also expanded this year, as the middle unit of the building became available. The new space has allowed for more effective display of the wares, as the pictures in this newsletter will show. Store manager Karl Popke reminds us, however, that “the store is much more than a money-producing machine. The store is about people. People who have a love and a passion, to give of what they have to help others. People who enjoy building relationships and serving others. Volunteers Serving God by Serving the Poor www.novgleaners.org (250) 558-5872 plant / 549-1123 store …continued over Store continued North Korea Report “People who, with thanksgiving and praise, leave In 2015 the NOV Gleaners sent 8,640 bags of soup and 8,640 bags of apple bits to First Steps for their aid work in North Korea. They report: behind all kinds of signs that say, ‘Done in Jesus name.’ People love to work together, and give of their time and efforts when they enjoy what they are doing, enjoy who they are working with, and are encouraged when they see the fruit of their labor.” If you haven’t been to the store, drop by some day and meet the dedicated volunteers. Take a look at the new world map on the wall and the other improvements. Buy some furniture! Tell your friends about the great deals available and encourage donations of items that will help an individual or family who comes to the store. Well done, store volunteers! “A First Steps team recently visited North Korea from August 5 to 15 where we visited three orphanages in Wonsan, as well as one in Nampo. All the orphanages enthusiastically expressed how happy they were with the soup mix you sent which they received on May 3! “The director of the Wonsan Primary Boarding School (home to 536 orphans) told us that the children largely subsisted on the soup mix from May 3 until it was all consumed on July 21. At the Wonsan Secondary Boarding School (723 orphans), we were told that the soup mix is especially important for children during March, April and May when they run out of vegetables and other foods. At the Wonsan Baby Home, the director explained that they are saving the soup mix for this coming winter. She said that the soup mix has a ‘clean’ taste and will be used in a variety of ways, such as for dumplings, fried rice, soup, bean meat and side dishes! The kids eat it all!" “Thank you too for your amazing gift of dried apple chips! The shipment was received in North Korea on July 26. We cherish and thank you for your continued support and partnership. You are blessing the lives of hungry children!” Thanks to Our Supporting Businesses OBC Automotive provides excellent vehicle maintenance to our store. Consider them for your needs. 45th Ave & 29th St, Vernon, 250-545-3378. Kal Tire in Vernon has been our supplier of truck tires.