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Volunteer work raises $500, gifted to library

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Dec 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM

NEW LONDON — The New London Library recently received a check for $500 from the volunteers of Community Life & Innovation (CLI, Inc.), which will be used for the children’s department.

Deanna Bowling, Sandy Randleman, Tom Heberling, Jennifer May and Jeni Gremmer, earned the money by making and selling scented goat’s milk soap to the public.

The head of the children’s department, Laura Ayres, thanked them for the money and said it would be used to purchase items “to enhance our story times.”

Kerrie Close, CLI community setting coordinator, explained how the soap is made. She said the volunteers purchase 25-pound boxes of goat’s milk base at Planktown Hardware. They then cut it up and put it in a crockpot on low to soften, and add spices and other ingredients. This mixture is poured it into silicon molds that harden overnight and the finished bars are wrapped for sale.

The work is done at the Services for Aging Willard Enrichment Center, where the volunteers also participate in the greeting card club, the fitness program and other activities. Each Monday they can be found at the Willard Library doing volunteer work in the children’s department and each Thursday at The Willows at Willard care facility helping with crafts.

The volunteers sell the bars at various locations and then select an organization where they want to donate the money. In the past year they have raised $1,300, with $500 going to the Willard and New London libraries and $300 going to the Willard Enrichment Center.

In the past the volunteers have donated money from their soap sales to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey and the Teen Challenge of the Firelands Student Scholarship. They will be making a presentation at the April 29 New London Rotary Club meeting, and as of this writing, the library has several of the bars left for sale for $5 each.

CLI, Inc. (formerly Christie Lane Industries) is a non-profit organization serving those with developmental disabilities.

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