Great sales for great causes

Justin Crann
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Pair of garage sales raise funds for charity

Moose Jaw was host to several garage sales over the weekend, including a pair for charity.

A volunteer folds blankets to be donated to charity near the end of the Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers fundraising garage sale in the basement of St. Andrew's Church on Saturday afternoon.

The annual SCRAPS fundraising garage sale was held at the Wildlife Federation Building Saturday, throughout the day.

Glady Bell, president and founder of SCRAPS, said "the public really came through" by donating plenty of goods for the sale and coming out to support the event by making actual purchases.

The sale also drew more than 30 volunteers over several days, loading and unloading goods and working the day of the event.

Bell said the sale is vital to her non-profit's operations.

"Our biggest expense is veterinary costs … that is 90 per cent of our expenses," she explained. "We spend every penny we get back into the cats, and we get no subsidies from governments or the city. Everything we do, we do through fundraising."

At St. Andrew's Church, Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers were hosting a garage sale of their own, also for a good cause.

"We are collecting money for the grandmothers of Africa, who are raising their grandchildren (without the parents)," explained Dagny Marshall, one of the sale's organizers.

Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers is a local group — comprised not only of grandmothers — who raise funds to sponsor grandparents in Africa who are left raising children that might otherwise be orphaned.

Like the SCRAPS garage sale, all of the items for sale by Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers were donated and could be purchased for cash donations.

"Nothing has a price, it is just whatever someone wants to donate," said Marshall.

Over the day, there was a "steady stream" of people who visited the sale, but no estimate of how much had been raised was available.

"We haven't figured it out yet … (but) every little bit helps," said Marshall.

At the end of the sale, Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers planned to help even further – by donating whatever went unsold to various needy groups and charitable organizations.

Organizations: Wildlife Federation Building

Geographic location: Africa, Andrew

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