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Thrift store workers help woman recover cash

By From page A2 | May 24, 2014

A thrift store recovery, generous children at an elementary school, Eagle Scouts and a special commencement speaker lead the way in this week’s collection of good news from around central Solano County.

Thrift store returns money

Mission Solano gave back to the community last week – literally.

A woman donated a few bags of clothing at the Mission Solano Thrift Store on North Texas Street and told the donation attendant she didn’t need a tax receipt. The bags were then placed in a rolling bin to begin the process of sorting and grading in the back of the store, according to a Mission Solano press release.

“Everything with this donation was fine – until the donor returned 45 minutes later with a look of panic on her face,” Social Enterprises Manager Eric Leong said in a press release. The woman approached Terry Irons, the store’s assistant manager, and told him she thought she left some money in one of the suits.

Irons took the woman to the sorting bin and found her donation. He found two envelopes stuffed with cash and handed it back to the woman, then found three $100 bills in the back pockets of the suit.

The woman was grateful, according to the press release, which also said that Irons presumed she had several thousand dollars in the suit – although the woman never said how much it was.

“Occasionally, coins and even dollar bills are found inside donated items,” Irons said. “We have a can in back that all the money goes into to help buy coffee for the employees and volunteers of the thrift store.”

The Mission Solano Thrift Store is at 2025 N. Texas St.

Children help dogs and cats

Shawna Hafner’s second- and third-grade combination class at David Weir Preparatory Academy in Fairfield took the lead as the school raised approximately $300 this year to help local dogs and cats.

Hafner made a point of emphasizing that the children don’t need to have a lot of money – nearly 90 percent of those who attend the school are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches – to help. Most money was raised by bringing in cans and bottles to recycle – starting with Hafner’s class, expanding to the other second-grade classes and then to the school. Hafner said she updated a graph of the amount earned each Friday throughout the school year.

They will present a check May 31 for the amount to the Solano County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Peabody Road.

Great job by all the children and school staff.

3 friends to become Eagle Scouts

Three Fairfield residents – Sean Godwin, Michael Gonzales and James Meyer – will receive their Eagle ranks with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 8853 at 6:30 p.m. June 4 at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St.

The boys have been friends since their kindergarten year at Holy Spirit School and now are achieving an impressive honor that few reach.

Congratulations to all three boys and their parents.

RHS product to speak at college graduation

Rodriguez High School graduate Andriana Collins will be the student commencement speaker June 15 for the Social Sciences graduation ceremony at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Collins, who graduated from Rodriguez High in 2010, will graduate with honors and will receive several other academic honors. She was the pitcher on the RHS softball team that won its first section championship in 2009 and played four years of Division I softball for UCSB. Her career softball pitching record was 30-34, although she had a winning record in three of the four seasons for the Gauchos.

Good job on the mound and even better in the classroom!

Send your good news items to Brad Stanhope at [email protected]

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.

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