Senior center looking for donations

The Bonne Terre Senior Nutrition center is seeking donations for winter classes and a fundraiser yard sale.

The Bonne Terre Senior Nutrition Center is looking for donations for a fundraiser yard sale and items to aid in their upcoming classes and activities planned at the center.

Center director Cher Robinson said they are planning a yard sale on Oct. 6 to help raise money to supplement their program funds.

“It will be from 8 a.m. to noon and starting at 7 a.m. we will have donuts and beverages available for purchase as part of the fundraiser,” said Robinson. “We are accepting items, good used household items, furniture, tools, sports, movies, DVDs, CDs, office equipment, yard and garden items, and health and beauty items.”

Robinson said they are also accepting craft items, toddler and baby items, books, toys, glassware, dishes, clean linens and small appliances.

“Anything household, just not clothes or shoes,” said Robinson. “(The yard sale) will be held inside the center, so weather won’t have any effect on it. We are doing this to prepare for the budget cuts, there are some items we do need for the center.”

Robinson said they also have a few ladies who are looking to start classes during the winter months and are in need of donations.

“They are wanting to start some crafts and card-making classes and cooking and sewing classes from beginner to experienced,” said Robinson. “Any items related to that would be welcomed ... anything from stationary to fabric, or anything for sewing would be great. We have one sewing machine right now but are looking for a couple more.”

Other items being sought include card stock, rubber stamps and ink pads, embellishments for making greeting cards, punches for stationary use, glue sticks, vinyl sheets (multiple colors or designs), fabric and material and any color of thread.

Robinson said they are also always looking for volunteers for the delivery of meals on wheels. They still need five routes covered each week.

“It takes about an hour to an hour-and-a-half for each route and it works best if you have a team,” said Robinson. “You can usually get it done in an hour with two people. We are also working on daily deliveries out in Terre Du Lac.”

Robinson said they have frozen meals they provide to people in that area, but hot meals would be more beneficial.

“We have a couple volunteers for that, but they are not able to do a daily delivery,” said Robinson. “If we could get five people for that area, and maybe a sub, it would really help. We have people who take vacations and things like that so we always need extra help.”

Robinson added that during the winter months there are days they cannot deliver due to inclement weather. They have emergency meals in place for those times.

Anyone who would like to donate items for the yard sale or for the winter classes can contact the Bonne Terre Senior Nutrition Center at 573-358-3726, or just take the items by Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or


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