PLATTSBURGH — Once again, hope prevails.
Mold-Rite Plastics Inc. has provided North Country Mission of Hope with warehouse space, answering the plea sent out after the Plattsburgh non-profit learned it would soon lose its present operations center.
“It’s ideal from every situation I can think of,” said mission Executive Director Sister Debbie Blow.
Already, volunteers are packing up MOH Town at North Country Shopping Center, a site that served the humanitarian-aid group well for almost three years. Frank Akey and family donated use of the space but had to ask Mission of Hope to relocate as the strip will soon be torn down to make way for new development.
The group will move to its new warehouse space at 102 Sharron Ave. before the end of the month. Mold-Rite has made available about 4,000 square feet in that building, which company founder Geoffery Titherington leased in 1976 when operations first got under way with just a few employees.
Now, Mold-Rite’s work force is about 350.
Eventually, Titherington bought the place, said his son Gary, one of three company vice presidents with siblings Jeff Titherington and Diane McCarty.
“He’s kind of held onto it for sentimental reasons,” Gary said.
These days, the Plant Road maker of jars and closures uses the space for off-site storage, and the Titheringtons were glad to make it available to Mission of Hope.
Mold-Rite has been a supporter of the group since its very start more than nine years ago after Hurricane Mitch caused catastrophic damage in Nicaragua and a few people in Plattsburgh joined forces to send help.
“Mold-Rite stepped up at a time when we weren’t a proven product in the community,” said Blow. “They took a chance on us.”
The late Paul Titherington saw that Mold-Rite provided shipping boxes and financial help.
“There never would have been a Mission of Hope if they had not facilitated the first two shipments,” Blow said.
And that assistance has continued, in the form of boxes and other shipping needs. Mold-Rite also underwrites the travel expenses of mission co-founder Yamilette Flores, who works at the plant.
“When we are donating (to a cause),” Gary said, “we like to see where the money is going to go.”
That Mission of Hope’s resources directly serve the needy, he said, “we know first-hand.”
Blow is the only paid member of the group, and her salary comes in the form of donations for the purpose that go to her order, Dominican Sisters of Hope.
Mold-Rite’s gift of warehouse space allows the mission to continue dedicating funds specifically to its projects in Nicaragua, she said.
Blow has a small office at Seton Catholic Central School, and the new storage facility is just a two-minute drive away.
Soon, volunteers will dry-spray then pressure wash the white cement-block walls, update the plumbing and set up an office area.
As with the present facility, the warehouse won’t just provide storage but an opportunity for locals to pitch in with the aid effort.
“For some, it’s not in the cards to go on mission,” said Marty Mannix, a key volunteer with the group.
The group will take the name MOH Town with it to the new warehouse, Blow said.
“MO for MOH Town, MO for Mold-Rite,” she said, a twinkle in her eye. “It’s appropriate.”
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