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80-year-old volunteer says the Blessed Mother has 'never let me down'

Leonard Kinealy, 80, arranged the items in the front window of Twice Blessed Resale Shop on Meramec Street near St. Anthony of Padua Church. Kinealy volunteers every day at the resale shop operated by Our Lady’s Inn and said he loves being at the store and talking to customers. Many neighborhood folks wander into the store not to shop but just to sit and talk with him.

The Twice Blessed Resale Shop off of Meramec Street has more than doubled its revenue the past few years.

Store manager Lucy Hannegan doesn't credit a new marketing strategy or an improvement in the quality of merchandise coming into the thrift store -- she credits 80-year-old volunteer Leonard Kinealy.

"He's our hero. He's here virtually every single day we're open. He's a great face in the neighborhood," she said. "He doesn't just sit and read the paper. He's always moving things around and cleaning. He's very proactive."

"I can't stand sitting around," said Kinealy.

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