$ale of the Season
Buying items at the semi-annual Fall Charity Rummage Sale puts dollars into helping the community
T he first Knights of Columbus rummage sale was held several years ago as a way to raise funds for churchrelated activities and scholarships, but has since grown into a community-minded benefit.
The semi-annual sale allows the Knights to distribute funds to nonprofit organizations, school groups and important causes all over Garland County.
“When we added the second warehouse, that’s when we really saw the sale mushroom from a $3,000 sale to approximately $25,000,” said Jim Lockwood, chairman of charity events.
“Now, we are able to give monthly to several local charities and help out when emergency needs arise. We tend to set the bar higher each year. Our goal is always to make more so we can give more.”
This year’s Fall Charity Rummage Sale will be held Oct. 11-12 and 18-19 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located one-third mile east of the intersection of Westinghouse Drive and Spring Street.
Proceeds from the sale go directly to community outreach and grants programs, including Jackson House, Charitable Christian Ministries, Project Hope, Samaritan Ministries, The Caring Place, Safe Haven, Hot Springs Housing Authority, Change Pointe and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
According to Lockwood, the group meets with representatives from local organizations in order to better understand their needs and programs.
“We have just been very impressed with what these nonprofits are doing to help those in our community,” said Lockwood.
“Charity is one of the main things we stand for. It is what we feel like we are supposed to be doing,” he said.
“The charity rummage sale benefits so many people. Those who donate their gently used items can feel good that they have cleared their homes of a little clutter and contributed to a good cause. Those who come to purchase items at the sale find great bargains, and all of the money raised from the sale is used to fund our charitable works in the community. This event is the primary fundraiser for our community work and we hope people will come out to support a worthy cause,” Lockwood said.
This year, items include a slate-top pool table with all the accessories, a like-new motorized wheelchair, and a hospital bed in great condition. The sale also includes furniture, housewares, electronics, toys, sporting equipment, and holiday decorations.
“It’s the satisfaction that keeps us coming down here and working to make this bigger and better,” said member Stan DeGruccio. “It gives us something to do and to feel good about. All the hard work is worth it at the end of the day to be able to give back to our community.”
The Knights acknowledge how important the work they do is to the community and all the effort that goes into event.
“We also know we could not do this without the help from the wives and ladies that put in so much work to make sure everything is taken care of. Our members built this with donations, but this community and those who have helped us along the way have kept us going,” DeGruccio said.
Donations of gently used items are always accepted. Questions about the sale can be directed to the office at 501262-2228.
Knights of Columbus
Oct. 11 & 12, Oct. 18 &19 Knights of Columbus Hall (1/3 mile east of the intersection of Westinghouse Drive and Spring Street.)
Dawn Thompson sets up Christmas items at the Knights of Columbus Rummage Sale on Oct. 11 and 12, and Oct. 18 and 19.