The next Repair Café will be held on Sat., Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warwick Senior Center, located at 132 King’s Hwy. in Warwick. There is a limit of two items per person and the last repair will be taken at 1:30 p.m.
Ermin Siljkovic, Recycling Coordinator at the Orange County Division of Environmental Facilities and Services, visited the county’s only Repair Café for the first time on Sat., Sept. 16. He was suitably impressed with “the number of volunteers, range of repairs and visible sense of community.”
As at most cafes, a lamp repair and knife/tool sharpening store could be opened with all the items needing expert attention. Sewing repairs included letting out the waist and/or hemming pants, fixing holes in sweaters, broken zippers, and ripped blankets, and sewing on snaps.
The jewelers sparkled as they re-strung beads, soldered earrings, repaired necklaces, and bracelets. Folks getting a jump on the holidays brought in broken menorahs, a ceramic Christmas tree base that lit up and a nearly six foot tall “decapitated Santa figure.”
Thirteen-year old Ethan Bele, one of several great volunteers from Warwick’s St. Stephen’s school, who worked as doorman that Saturday, said it best: “It’s nice to know that with the flashy news saying so many sad and depressing stories, that there’s a place in Warwick where there are people who are willing to help you no matter who you are, for no other reason than to help you in the best way possible. It gives me hope.”