Special to The Hays Daily News

Christy Johnson of Oklahoma City loves converting other people's castoffs into treasures. She frequents garage sales, looks for bargains, and then transforms other people's trash into unusual decorative items for her home and the homes of friends.

Johnson, who calls herself a "Dumpster Diva Extraordinaire," sees a parallel between her hobby and the wonderful power of redemption through faith in God.

On May 3, Johnson will share her own story of "Life After the Dumpster," how God was able to create a beautiful life out of the remnants of a disastrous first marriage, divorce and tragedy.

Johnson will speak at the monthly dinner program sponsored by Hays After 5 Christian women's group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bakery Shop, 230 E. Eighth.

"I heard Christy Johnson speak last year in Oklahoma. She is a wonderful, dynamic speaker who encourages women to see the beauty beyond the pain in their own lives, no matter what that pain is," said Linn Ann Huntington, After 5 board member.

Also on the program is Tom Griffith, an "olde tyme organ grinder," with his monkey, Max.

Cost of the dinner program is $12.50. Reservations are due by Thursday to Sherrill at (785) 621-4701 or by e-mailing dkoster@eaglecom.net.

Hays After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries of Kansas City, Mo.