The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 15, 2001 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 15, 2001
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«THE SAUNA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2001 EiiJ. T GOOD SAMARITAN From trash to treasure McPherson woman recycles items to help underprivileged By The Associated Press MCPHERSON — To Patsy Magelssen, a trip is more than an opportunity to see new sights. It's a chance to help. "We took a trip to Venezuela once, and I was ahle to take along about 450 hand puppets because they fold down flat," said Magelssen. "You should have seen the kids when they saw them. They love that stuff." Magelssen, 61, is known around McPherson as the "Trash to Treasure Lady" for her efforts to take scraps of donated cloth, stuffing and yarn and make dolls for underprivileged kids at Christmas. She and her volunteer staff of retired seamstresses also make pillows and personal care bags for people in nursing homes, stuffing them full of hand lotion, toothbrushes, deodorant and other hygiene items contributed by retailers. "It's just built into me. That's the way I am," Magelssen said of her sin­ gle-minded dedication to helping others. Magelssen, who grew up poor in Minnesota, is in her 21st year with her Trash to Treasure project. She said her mother, who gave her a new sewing machine for her high school graduation in 1958, was her inspiration. "She was a Robin Hood — she was always taking stuff from one person and giving it to another," said Magelssen, who still uses that sewing machine in her charity work. "And it was all just scraps of this and that." Magelssen knows how to shake the trees and get donations to fall out. She isn't bashful about hitting up discount stores and fabric shops to take clearance-rack items off their hands for little or nothing. And she is tenacious when she sets her mind to something. When she and her husband, Luther, a retired bank president, had to cancel a trip to see the pyramids in Egypt in February he suggested they go to Belize instead to view the Mayan ruins there. It wasn't those ruins that touched Magelssen, though. It was the tiny lO-by-12-foot plywood-and-tin shacks devastated by Hurricane Keith last October. Fortunately, she had come equipped as usual, with 157 pounds of her luggage taken up with everything from 30 pairs of new children's shoes to 900 McDonald's "Happy Meal" toys. She left the gifts with a local woman who said she could make arrangements for them to be taken to schoolchildren on Ambergris Caye, an island off the northeast coast of Belize. But nearly two months later, she learned that those gifts hadn't gone to those kids but had reportedly been lumped in with relief supplies going to El Salvador So when she and her Trash to Treasure volunteers decided to send 135 brightly colored handmade girls' dresses to Belize this month, she didn't take any chances. She put out a call for anyone in the McPherson area who might be going that way And she found four young people, who preferred not to be named, going there to visit a family member. They were happy to take the clothing with them. "If you touch just one life out of the 6,000 or so gifts we give every year, it's been worth it," Magelssen said. Child rapist applies for clemenq^ By BILL WILSON The Hutchinson News SOUTH HUTCHINSON — A South Hutchinson man serving almost 30 years in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl has applied for - executive clemency from Gov. Bill Graves. But the request will be opposed by local law enforcement officials, and a spokesman for the governor said the request is not likely to be-approved. John H. Pickerill, 38, was sentenced April 13,2000, to 29 years and eight months in prison by Reno County District Court Judge William "Buck" Lyle. His application for executive clemency will appear as a legal notice in The Hutchinson News. Pickerill was arrested in July 1999 and chained with raping the girl, a daughter of a Mend, while he was baby-sitting the victim. In addition, he was charged wilJj taking indecent liberties with two other girls, one 10 years old and the' other 6. Each of the three incidents! occurred between March and Nf>-: vember 1998. •; Pickerill reached a pl(;;v agreement with then-Distiici;' Attorney Tim Chambers iiil February 2000, pleading no con ! test to the rape charge in ex; change for the dismissal of (in ; two indecent-liberties coinit.s. • Because we care about our community. When bad weather strikes, KPL hits the streets. W^work hard to bring you reliable electric energy for convenient things, like TVs and ' microwaves, but especially for critical things. Hospitals, fire and police stations and you all rely ^" on electricity to help keep our community safe. So, you can bet we take our work seriously. 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