$ale of the Sea­son

Buy­ing items at the semi-an­nual Fall Char­ity Rum­mage Sale puts dollars into help­ing the com­mu­nity

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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

Rum­mage Sale

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.

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