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Ray of Hope clothing store benefits babies in crisis
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Where are some of the best deals in town?

Try the Ray of Hope Children Shop.

Operating under new hours for donors and shoppers – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – the store at 1030 W. Yosemite Ave. offers clothing for infants, toddler, school-aged children and teens at low prices such as $2 and $3.

All proceeds benefit the Babies in Crisis program operated by Ray of Hope.

The shop is run exclusively by volunteers, and is designed to allow children referred to the program to receive clothing free of charge in an atmosphere that, according to executive director Laura Vieira, is “uplifting and made them feel as if they got their clothes from a store like their peers.”

She added: “The shop exudes the love of children.”

Meanwhile, the Ray of Hope Children Shop has taken a hit by the current economic trials, with donations down and the need at an all-time high.
“The shop is a reminder of how much Manteca values its children and comes through for those children in great need of life’s basic essentials to thrive,” Vieira said.

Her local non-profit organization receives referrals on a daily basis for children in need of assistance.

The Children Shop operates under a crew of teens in need of community service from school or the courts.

Ray of Hope, in turn, has been pleased with their efforts.

“This gives juveniles with some legal issues an opportunity to help, be productive, and use their time wisely instead of getting in trouble,” Vieira said. “It also gives them great work experience.”

The store, however, is in need of donors and shoppers.

 “It’s a great place all the way around,” said Vieira. “For those who may not qualify for our crisis services, the shop still offers them an alternative to get great things for their children at minimal prices while helping children at the same time.”

For more information, call (209) 823-3335.

To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail