On January 19th, eight ladies from the WCOP had an informative tour of the headquarters of St. Pauly Textile. Ben and Joe DeGeorge shared the history of their family business and gave us a tour of the production area.
The business was started by friends Joe and Paul, setting out flyers and collecting clothing at the Rochester Regional market in 1996. From the beginning with one collection shed and one pick up truck, there are now 1,140 drop off sheds for clothing, soft toys, bedding, linens and shoes in nine states. There are 110 sheds in upstate New York alone. This organization collects 120,000 pounds of clothing daily, sending materials and recycled textiles within the US and in shipping containers to many foreign countries.
The WCOP supports this mission bagging collected clothing at the PITTSFORD shed, housed at the United Church of PITTSFORD.
The Wreaths Across America ceremony was held December 6th, the eve before the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, at the Veteran's memorial site at the Canal in Pittsford Village .
Two huge spruce wreaths with red, white and blue bows and trailing ribbons were generously donated by Gallea's Greenhouse in Pittsford as WCOP supported the Wreaths Across America Project . This project's mission is "to REMEMBER our fallen Veteran heroes, HONOR those who serve and TEACH our children about the sacrifices made by our Veterans and their families to preserve our freedom." The wreaths are attached to the two lampposts at the Veteran's Memorial, in the William Carpenter Park by the Canal on North Main Street .
With the support of the Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899, there was an Honor Guard procession, a blessing by Chaplain Jeff Mason, and a reading from Sargeant at Arms Tom Murphy.. Taps played on the bugle from Past President of Post 899, Bill Rahn. This group of Veterans truly made the ceremony special.
WCOP donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
WCOP Board of Directors with a check for $500 to purchase 5 Red Wagons for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Board member Pat Block is holding a miniture replica to symbolize the donated wagons. The red wagons will fit a child, a blanket and toy as they roll along the Hospital halls instead of wheelchairs.