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Food to be dispensed from temporary location as new Angel Attic is built

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image Tracy White and Darwin Anneler sort clothing in preparation for the big sale Feb. 8 & 9. Photo Penny Fletcher

The new Angel Attic is the first building in Phase I of Calvary Lutheran Church's overall building project.


When an anonymous donation came in that enabled volunteers from Calvary Lutheran Church to build a permanent structure to house its Angel Attic, volunteers were both happy and perplexed.

Would Tuesday’s food distribution that serves about 325 families a week be disturbed during the building process? Would these families still be able to count on receiving their bags of food?

This question was answered when several church members got together and agreed to pay rent on the store located at 19 7th Ave. N.E. Ruskin, which is in the shopping plaza near the Ruskin Post Office.

According to Tracy White, operations manager at Angel Attic, they were also offered a discount rent by the plaza owners.

The first food distribution at the temporary location will be Feb. 12.

Meanwhile, the building that now houses Angel Attic and the Community Cupboard, at 1424 East College Ave., Ruskin, must be emptied out as that building will become the “new and improved,” larger Community Cupboard food pantry after the donated clothing, furniture and household items are moved into storage in anticipation of the new 4,000-square-foot metal structure to be built on the property owned by the church.

“The new Angel Attic is the first building in Phase I of our building project,” said a church spokeswoman, Paula Sabo. The idea for Angel Attic was originally to make money for the feeding project, she said.

Angel Attic has grown so much that the building is now filled with all kinds of household items, clothes, jewelry, books and furniture. All these are being moved into storage trailers and hopefully, most of it will be sold during the big “Blow-Out Sale” on the premises, in tents, and outdoors Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Everything will be 50 percent off, and we’ll have special ‘fill a bag’ prices too. We have everything, including electronics,” Sabo said.

Angel Attic will not be able to accept donations of any items (except food for Community Cupboard) until the new building is open.

Target date for that is some time in mid June.

“We’re having a groundbreaking Feb. 24 and we think it will take about four months from that time,” Sabo said.

The new structure is the first part of Phase I of a long-term building project on 25 acres of property bought by the church in 2004.

“A mission center is also planned as part of Phase I,” Sabo said.

Church officials say they have both plans and building project approvals for their three-phase project, but finances dictate that the current church building and grounds must be sold before any more building can be done.

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