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SCV Winter Shelter receives donation

Giving: OLPH Teabags give $1,300 to help SCV homeless

Posted: December 11, 2010 10:50 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

From left, Sue Ryan, Sally Coss, Tim Davis, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter, and Nancy Spicer pose at the shelter Tuesday. The women, part of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Teabags, presented Davis with a $1,300 check for the shelter.

The Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation received a $1,300 donation Tuesday from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Teabags.

The SCCDC operates the Santa Clarita Valley Winter Shelter. The shelter recently opened for the season and will remain open to assist the homeless in the SCV until March 15. 

The Teabags, a group that now numbers nearly 30 members, are all congregants at the Newhall church.

The group recently held a boutique at OLPH of handmade goods, jams and cookies, said Sally Coss, one of the founding members of the Teabags.

The money raised at the boutique was split between the $1,300 donation to the SCV Winter Shelter and a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

“We know how great the need is at the shelter,” said Coss.

Coss said the St. Vincent de Paul Society assists people of all denominations.

“We wanted the money to go where there is the greatest need,” she said. “When we were doing the boutique we had people who approached us for help, so we know how scary it is now out there.”

The Teabags also hold an annual Tea and Garden Tour to raise funds.

Previously the Teabags have donated to the building funds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Castaic Mission Catholic Church as well as the home-delivered meals program for the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

The Teabags have held the tea and garden tour at the Valencia home of Coss for the past 10 years.

“This will be our 11th year,” said Coss of the tea and garden tour to be held on Sunday, May 1.

Coss said she appreciated everyone who purchased items at the boutique and who attend the tea and garden tour every year. Donations were down this year, but she said she was still happy with the level of support received.

“We had a rainy day for the boutique and didn’t make as much as previous years, we were about $1,000 down but we were happy with that,” she said.


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