held their 11th annual rummage sale, the , from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday where they raised approximately $1,200.
The fundraiser was set up in the church’s gym with vertical isles of items donated by members of the community. Although furniture donations were not something that was explicitly asked for, the sale had chairs and even a large black vintage trunk being sold for $12. Other items donated includes: vases, mugs, wine glasses, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, books, DVD players and VHS players, among others.
“This fundraiser helps with setback costs for the church and social ministry,” stated Mimi Fernandez, who is a space coordinator, fundraising coach and youth leader.
Some of the money is also used toward other church expenses not limited to the youth program as well as buying gifts for children in need during the holiday season.
Some items donated were not sold because they served a purpose in the church.
“My brother donated a foosball table.” stated Loretta Braun. The Foosball table was set on the bottom level of the church for the youth members to enjoy.
Braun added, “It feels so good to get rid of things that [to us] don’t have meaning. Other people come and it’s like the best thing they’ve ever seen.”
The church usually sells approximately two thirds of what is donated. In the past, what is left over is usually donated to local churches or to Big Brothers, Big Sisters. But this year the Girl Scouts are donating what is not purchased to the 1620 Community Service Project, which helps residents of the flooded areas in Pennsylvania.
“This is my fourth or fifth year coming here,” said Annette Keo, while she looked through the diningware table. “I think it’s great because there’s always something people need that they don’t want to spend a lot of money on and a great way of making money for the church.”
The next event being held by the church is the Halloween on Oct. 31.