Listowel Baptist Church yard sale breaks own record

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LISTOWEL – The Listowel Baptist Church indoor yard sale “smashed” last year’s total. With over three days of sales, and online pre-sales, organizers said the sale has broken its own record, raising $22,332.63. Last year’s total was $16,800.

Bob and Deb Loree organized the annual event but they have a committee of dedicated volunteers who help them clean, sort, fix, test, and price, year-round.

The donations come from individuals, estates, businesses, and those downsizing, Loree said in an email. “Local projects are included by the committee to show we care about the great community we live in.”

Loree said that the group puts in a lot of work to prepare for the event, holding “sorting parties,” where volunteers come in to sort, clean, and ensure that the items are in working order.

The volunteers then help organize the massive indoor yard sale, assisting customers and maintaining the space to provide a safe, pleasant environment.

“We’re so grateful to the community for donating and purchasing,” Loree said. “We are grateful to all the volunteers, who are not all from the church.”

The church group has been holding the annual indoor yard sale for 32 years, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local charities.

Last year the church split the total between the local food bank and the Listowel Hospital Foundation. Loree said, due to COVID, they felt these places were the most in need.

This year the proceeds will be split between four charities, the Listowel Hospital Foundation, North Perth Community Hospice, Salvation Army Food Bank, and Hope Links North Perth.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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