Rainbow's End in Towanda is celebrating a 30-year tradition of helping. The thrift store helps many in the community - those who shop there, and patients at Memorial Hospital too. The hospital's Auxiliary donates its' proceeds for special things - from important diagnostic equipment to comfort items like televisions.

A large group of volunteers over the years are to be commended. The store was born on Bridge Street in September, 1982 - a vision shared by auxiliary members Dotti Costello and Anneke Zimmerman. Since then, with continued support, it moved into a bigger location, then, under the guidance of Valerie Mullane, to its current home at 417 Main Street.

Lots of folks contribute - hundreds of hours of volunteer time is given by the auxiliary members to sort, organize and display the merchandise, as well as to staff the store. Also, people in the community deserve praise for keeping the shop going with their generous donations of both clothing and accessories.

A recent news release explained that the auxiliary often donates to organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Humane Society, the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center, human services in the county, schools, as well as local fire and disaster victims.

People helping people build a strong community. We're fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers here.