"The Little Thrift Shop" in Dunedin received letter from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"I was shocked that we got something back so quickly. It was wonderful,” said Sherry Boothe.
All the volunteers at Dunedin’s “The Little Thrift Shop” were stunned when “Ruth” wrote them back.
"I never thought we would hear from her,” said Shirley Wood.
Their letter on behalf of the women of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Dunedin, mailed in January, was a different kind of ‘outreach.’
"She is hanging on. Somebody at her age and what she's gone through would have probably given up already,” said Benitez-Nixon.
The note they penned to U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg read: “We pray for your speedy recovery.”
After all, some of the volunteers are in their 80s, too.
The letter also included a pearl collar as a “get well” gift for Ginsburg’s collection after the Justice had surgery to remove lung cancer.
"I saw that necklace and I said, this is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It just can't go anywhere else,” said Benitez-Nixon.
The Justice’s response arrived about one month later embossed with a seal.
It read: "The collar you sent is exquisite and will be among my favorites. I will wear it during the first sitting I return to the Court.”
It’s signed by Ruth herself.
"With huge appreciation, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That is so exciting,” said Benitez-Nixon.