CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois softball recently completed a fall service event as the 2014 Panthers volunteered at the nearby Standing Stone Community Center on Saturday (Sep. 28).
The Standing Stone Community Center (located at 201 6th Street in Charleston) is a new non-profit ministry featuring food, clothing and furniture. They also offer hot meals on the last Saturday of each month, as well as a "New to You Store," where items are available for purchase at a low cost.
As a team, the Panthers worked from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the squad was divided up into groups and stations – work began outside to unload the U-Haul that was stacked full of clothing, shoes, blankets, etc.
At that point, the clothes/donations were sorted and put into men's winter, men's summer, women's summer, women's winter, kids summer and kids winter clothes, and miscellaneous, while items that were not were boxed to shred for recycling.
The team then went through the sorted clothes and resorted them according to sizes (S/M/Lg/XL/XXL), placing them into their respective boxes. They then took the newly sorted boxes, and lined them up outside the doorway to the community center for those players working inside to utilize.
The group working inside the center took the clothes out of the boxes and hung the clothes on shelves to be sold, while also putting aside the summer clothing for use next year. In addition, the fall and winter items were then sorted and placed on the racks to be sold.
The Panthers got through so much of the donations in such a timely manner, that Haylee Beck and Carly Willert were able to take a ride in the U-Haul to load additional donations and bring back to the center for a new sort session.
The Community Center was so thankful and grateful for the team's help, telling the team that the three hours of work would've taken them at least a month or more to accomplish.
"Volunteering our time to help the community in need was a very eye-opening experience for our entire squad involved," said EIU assistant coach Stephanie Taylor. "I believe we all walked away a little more thankful for what we do have in life, as well as the sense of accomplishment for making things more readily available for others in the Charleston and Coles County area."