When longtime Iolans Richard and CeCe Huston decamp for Leavenworth this month, the Iola Senior Citizens thrift shop at 223 N. State St. will lose two essential members of its roughly 12-person volunteer corps.
The loss puts the squeeze on a facility which, despite the great gobs of cash it pours into local causes — the store generated more than $20,000 for charity just last year — struggles perennially to fill the volunteer requirements to staff the shop Monday through Friday.
“We need volunteers badly,” stresses CeCe, who arrived at the store 10 years ago as a customer, but then, recognizing an opportunity to pitch in, never left. “We need the help simply to stay open.”
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