Local clubs, churches and volunteer nonprofit organizations are beginning to recoup some of their losses incurred during the pandemic when they were unable to have fundraisers to benefit the needy.

Just as the well-worn slogan “Shop Local” goes well for local business folks, it is important to shop local when our friends and neighbors who are members of nonprofits have sales.

Last year I was amazed at the creativity of the local Craft Council’s array of crafts that were for sale at the Homosassa Lions Club. The council will be holding their next sale at the Depot in Inverness on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will not find items like the Craft Council makes in a multimillion-dollar store.

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The Craft Council members are local persons, helping local people with their sales. They shop at local businesses, the children attend our local schools and they attend local churches.

Who knows, when you shop locally at the Craft Council’s sales, you may be surprised to find that a friend and neighbor is one of their gifted members with crafts for sale.

What an opportunity we have in shopping locally in our local businesses and our local organizations and churches and nonprofits. You will not find a more worthy, humanitarian way to help us get past the effects of the pandemic than by shopping local.

I am a proud member of the Homosassa Lions Club, a worldwide organization that the famed Helen Keller asked to be the Knights of the Blind. Locally, the Lions’ “We Serve” motto is evidenced by the help they give to local people in need of financial assistance in funding local fundraising projects with 20-plus organizations receiving an annual donation at a dinner in their honor.

Shop local, be supportive of the efforts of local people helping local people in need.

Bill Riecke