Members of the Sawnee Cumming Optimist Club collected donations of furniture for the Bethany Place in Canton, but had difficulty moving them from a storage facility.

They turned to the newly established Holly Springs Optimist Club for help. Holly Springs Optimist Club members showed up at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in four pickups and two vans, ready to lend a hand.

Janna Shacklett with the Sawnee Cumming club said she was pleasantly surprised at the response. The Holly Springs club responded with more than enough people power and vehicles — at late notice — to get the job done.

Donations taken in by the Sawnee Cumming Club included large screen televisions, an entertainment center, a desk, and miscellaneous furniture and toys.

The items were loaded and transported in one trip. At the destination, Sandy Reed, who administers Bethany Place, met them. The furniture was off-loaded and the club was given an extensive tour of the site.

The female residents and their children of Bethany Place are escaping abuse and lack a support system. In its 30 years of operation, Bethany Place has developed a two-year program, taking care of the women and their children.

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