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Montgomery Locals 4.8.2020

By Staff | Apr 8, 2020

LUMINARY FILE PHOTO   Shawn Marie Coles of Coles Coffee, Craft & Consignment has been preparing and giving away free lunches to school students who come from homes with food insecurities. Coles is pictured in her shop right after she transitioned it from Second Chance Consignment to her current business in late 2017.

There’s no denying that we’re living in challenging times right now as the number of new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. As people make the best of a bad situation by staying home and taking care of themselves and their families, an unsung hero in downtown Montgomery is doing her best to make sure that the needs of the town’s children are being met.

Shawn Marie Coles of Cole’s Coffee, Craft & Consignment has been spending about 20 hours a week preparing free lunches for school students who come from homes with food insecurities. She is motivated to provide this service by her strong Christian faith. Her dedication is commendable, but Shawn humbly stated, “Those 20 hours are nothing compared to the sacrifice that God gave us.”

While the school district offers students free lunches that can be picked up at the school and at First Baptist Church in Elimsport, Shawn’s meals can be picked up at her shop on South Main Street or delivered to the student’s home. She has been providing about 80 meals per week and accepts orders by phone and Facebook messages. In light of the current situation, she can’t have anyone enter her shop.

Each week she posts a menu on Facebook, providing hot lunches and fruit every day, with an alternative choice of peanut butter and jelly. Her menu also includes an encouraging message.

Shawn said, “I have been blessed with the community offering to help deliver and even sponsor a day to help with my costs. I feel this is God’s work, I’m just His servant.” She further said someone has volunteered to deliver meals to children in Elimsport. She quoted a few of her favorite Scriptures that inspire her, including the words of Jesus in John 15:12, “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.”

THOT “Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln

Easter Sunday is April 12. I know that most everyone will be changing the way they celebrate this year due to the current situation, but please enjoy the holiday and stay safe!

The Montgomery Lions Club has announced that their annual Easter Egg Hunt will not be held the Saturday before Easter, but will be announced at a later date.

The Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company has requested that residents not bring any more donations to the Community Aid bin at the carnival grounds until further notice. Donations are not being collected during the mandatory shut down and they can’t have things accumulating outside of the box. They further stated it was the case for all Community Aid bins outside of Montgomery as well.

The Montgomery Area Public Library has announced that patrons will not be charged for late materials that are due during the closure.

Hometown Hero Banner orders can be placed until September. Contact Fae Herb at (570) 506-9892 or for more information.

The Montgomery Area Historical Society has canceled all regularly scheduled meetings and events indefinitely.

The Clinton Township Supervisors meeting that was scheduled for April 13 has been canceled.

The Montgomery Community Garden will open on Friday, May 1. Plot rental is available to any resident of the Montgomery Area School District. E-mail Susan Andrews at sandrews@montgomeryborough.org for applications. Paper applications will be available at the Borough Office when it reopens.