Scientology in Clearwater - 1998-02-01
Mary Lou Guthart, who heads the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, had the same feeling last year. She said she was happy when a food drive at the Winter Wonderland display yielded 20 boxes of groceries in 1996, but dismayed when the church made too much of the donation in Freedom the following January.
"They had written up the article like it was some big thing they had done for us," Guthart said. "I just felt that they were using us. I just don't want anything to do with them."
Bennetta Slaughter, the Scientologist who coordinated Winter Wonderland, insists the church's motives are pure.