Thalians donate kitchen to museum

Dec 5, 2011

COMMERCE - Christmas came early to the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum with a $1000 donation from the Thalian Culture Club.

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The donation is designated for a long-awaited kitchen in the Museum. Not only did the Thalians donate the money, but Thalian member Susan Patton and husband Jim selected a sink and cabinet and brought them to the Museum. This cooperative effort was finalized with the help of Texas A&M University-Commerce whose maintenance people installed the new sink.

“This is so exciting to us,” exclaimed Sharline Freeman, executive director. “As we hosted our Brunch with Santa today, we actually had water and a sink to wash our dishes! Previously we either brought water from home or we used a water hose. We are so appreciative of the support of the Thalians and the University.”

“There are so many volunteers who come to the Museum to help with special events. I think that it is important the Museum has a sink and a stove to make their volunteer efforts as effective as possible,” said Thalian member Susan Patton.

The stove was donated by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Lambert this summer. Plans now call for a wall enclosure of the kitchen area. The area will be used for a classroom for next summer’s Cooking Camp and may also be used when additional space is needed in the Museum.

“It is so rewarding to see how the community and University worked together to provide this very necessary addition to the Museum. We hope that this will increase what the Museum can offer the community,” said Jalinna Jones, board president-elect.

Families are encouraged to visit the Museum in December. The Museum will be closed from noon, December 23rd to Tuesday, January 3rd. Hours are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday.