Archive for Thursday, June 12, 2008

Garage sale to benefit food pantry

June 12, 2008

The annual Eudora citywide garage sale to benefit the ministerial alliance food bank will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Eudora Chamber of Commerce, is part community get together and part fundraiser, according to organizer Bonnie Neis.

"It's just a great thing that brings us all together toward one big event," Neis said.

Registration is $12 for a family or $15 for a business. After advertising expenses are paid, the remaining proceeds will go toward adding to the pantry's supply of nonperishable foods and also will add to a fund that doles out $25 food vouchers once a month to the needy.

Participants will keep the profits from what they sell.

Neis estimated there would be nearly 50 garage sales throughout the city at homes and businesses.

There will be a representative from St. Paul Church of Christ who will hand out maps from 7 to 10 a.m. that will direct shoppers to participating homes and business.

Participants quit between noon and 6 p.m., with a majority of them between 2 to 4 p.m.

The garage sale started about 20 years ago as a fundraiser for mission trips taken by the St. Paul United Church of Christ youth group. When they stopped taking mission trips, the money was donated to the food pantry, which is housed in the basement of the St. Paul United Church of Christ.

"We do several things throughout Eudora to support the food pantry, and it's just something that I enjoy doing," Neis said. "It's a community effort, and it's for a good cause, too."

Registration forms are available at C&S Market, 1402 Church St.; Eudora City Hall, 4 E. 7th St.; and the Eudora Public Library, 14 E. 9th St.

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