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Local delivery service shows spirit of community

By Daniel Dunkle | Jun 10, 2021
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Susan Craft, of Craft Delivery & Taxi Service, left, and Brett Turpin, of Camden.

Camden — “You changed my quality of life,” said Brett Turpin, of Camden.

She was talking to Susan Craft of Craft Delivery & Taxi Service. Turpin, who recently moved to Camden and is legally blind, said she did not know how she would get around and get out of her apartment to do her volunteer work.

Turpin is soon starting a new job helping with Heavenly Threads (an outreach program and thrift store started by the First Congregational Church).

Having ordered pizza and other items through the Craft service, she had built up a rapport with Craft, who then volunteered to give Turpin free rides to and from her new job.

Craft’s business delivers food from restaurants, groceries, medications from pharmacies and provides taxi services.

For her, she said it is about community. In addition, she noted that she likes working with Turpin, who is always upbeat.

Turpin moved to Camden in March. She had been living in Owls Head previously with an artist friend. She is originally from Virginia but summered in the Midcoast as a child in Damariscotta and Newcastle.

She said that when she started to lose her sight she decided to move to Maine. She says small towns are easier to navigate. Added to that is the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, which she said she did not experience living in Richmond, Va.

For 40 years, she said, she worked out of state in the fashion industry, and she fondly remembers creating window displays as she worked to merchandise designer clothing.

“I cried,” she said, when remembering the help Craft offered. “I feel like I struck gold.”


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Comments (2)
Posted by: Debra Damon | Jun 11, 2021 15:56

Thank you Susan Craft for giving back and being who you are. We need more people like you around here.

Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Jun 10, 2021 17:37

Great service, meeting the needs of the community.

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