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Noah’s Ark to host annual Christmas Open House

By Staff | Oct 24, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Noah’s Ark volunteers Bettie Modys, Neva Poole, Mickey Huff and Lee Williams prepare for Noah's Noel and the Christmas Open House, set for Nov. 18.

Noah’s Ark, the island thrift shop at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, will redecorate for Christmas and hold its second annual Christmas Open House on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shop will sparkle with holiday items galore and cheer for customers.

Called Noah’s Noel, the event will feature complimentary refreshments, including iced holiday cutter cookies with sprinkles, gingerbread men and candy cane cookies, plus a Christmas punch. Santa Claus will pose for pictures with Ark customers.

Shoppers will see twinkling lights from a forest of trees and ornaments from all over the world, including many with beach themes. Shelves will be lined with toys, Santas and other items to delight children and bring fond memories back to adults.

A special kitchen section will feature holiday cookbooks, cookie cutters and pans – anything Christmas related. Other items will include poinsettia-filled baskets, wreaths, greenery and garlands scattered throughout the store, providing a magical and old-fashioned Christmas theme. Christmas books and numerous gift ideas also will be available for grandchildren, family and friends.

The Ark offers – at bargain prices – women’s and men’s clothing, children’s apparel, kitchen electronics and housewares, furniture and home furnishings, an assortment of lamps, on occasion a collection of quality art, and a varied selection of books in its “Barnes and Noah” book station.

Longtime volunteer Adele Mattern described the other 80 Ark volunteers as a miracle.

“They come together to do all it takes to run a thrift shop, and to provide an essential service to islanders and the island’s workers,” she said. “The Ark is a welcoming place to shop and to raise money for important causes. I am honored to participate in this mission. Our goal is to continue, and build on, our reputation for service.”

In operation for over 50 years, the shop is run by the women of the church. Proceeds from the sales, coupled with monies from the parish’s annual budget, go to over 25 local, regional and global charities.

Noah’s Ark accepts donations, which can be left during daytime business hours at the shop’s loading dock. Furniture items are accepted with the approval of the furniture chair. Items should be clean and in good condition.

Located at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, it is open weekdays, as well as the first Saturday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on the second Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 239-472-3356.