March 1, 2009 – All in one!” “All on one floor!” Volunteers who walked up and down three flights of steps in Dauphin or drove across town to get supplies from storage units will soon be working from one place on one floor! As more and more pediatric hospitals, clinics and stand-alone units are requesting Bags of Smiles® and craft kits, the parish house of Zion Lutheran Church in Dauphin is bursting at the seams and three storage units are filled with books and supplies waiting to be repackaged and shipped to children.
A year-long search for new space has culminated with a lease for functional space at 3303 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Two offices, a conference room and a huge assembly and display area make up the street-side rooms of the multipurpose building which gets lots of natural light and is barrier-free. A door from the assembly area opens into the warehouse for easy inventory and “picking” of supplies for hospital orders to be processed and shipped from the front.
The joy of this move is tempered by the facts that we had free space, utilities and equipment at Zion. Now we need just about everything. Be sure to to check out our volunteer and donate pages. Then call or email to help. Thanks!