There’ll be plenty of bargains on everything from books and toys to tools and furniture this weekend at the Western Cumberland County Lions Project Fund’s second annual yard sale.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Newville Lions Club Fairgrounds, 433 Shippensburg Road, Newville, and all proceeds will benefit local special needs families.
It is one of three annual fundraisers hosted by the fund, which includes Boiling Springs, Carlisle, Jacksonville, Mount Holly Springs, Newville, Plainfield and Shippensburg Lions clubs.
“We have clothing, books, household items, craft supplies, toys, wall hangings, Christmas items, blankets, office supplies — you name it, we have it,” said Rachel Bear, president of the Mount Holly Springs Lions Club and yard sale organizer.
Dan Brant, president of the Newville Lions Club and fund secretary, said all of the items sold at the yard sale are donated, and nothing is priced. They are displayed on 70 tables in the club’s main building.
“Every table is piled high,” he said. “People pick up the items they want, bring them to our cashiers and make an offer.”
“We’ve gotten an even bigger response this year than last year. … We’ve had a lot of help from community volunteers, club members, friends of members — it’s a community event,” Bear said. “And it’s great to be part of a community event like this, where not only are we receiving from the community, which is heartwarming, but we’re giving back to the community.”
All unsold items will be donated to local churches and charities, she said.
Brant said there will also be a concession stand.
“We have a kitchen, and there’ll be egg sandwiches with cheese and bacon in the morning, and later in the day, hot dogs and hamburgers and bags of chips will be available for customers to purchase onsite.”
This year’s proceeds will benefit an autistic 16-year-old from Mount Holly Springs who suffers from anxiety and sensory deprivations and problem behaviors, and a 10-year-old from Shippensburg who has cancer.
Any extra money will be donated to other area families in need.
The fund also raises money by hosting a golf tournament at Eagles Crossing Golf Club and a bake sale at the Country Butcher Shop, both in Carlisle.
Last year’s yard sale raised more than $6,000, and this year’s goal is $10,000.
The idea of area Lions clubs working together for a common goal was the brainchild of Lamar Freeland, fund president and treasurer of the Plainfield Lions Club.
“My whole idea was that our clubs are too small to do any major help by themselves, so therefore I wanted our zone to go together to do one zone project to help someone,” he said. “That was the groundwork.”
Brant said the first recipient was a girl from the Big Spring School District who suffered from a life-threatening condition called juvenile Batten disease.
“We started (the fund) because we wanted to help that family,” he said. “Her condition was life threatening. We were attempting to help them with expenses that they had.
“The little girl had to go to Duke University for a stem cell transplant, and her mother had to leave her job to support her.”
The transplant was successful, and despite losing her eyesight, she has returned to school and attended summer camp this year.
Brant said the fund also held a gospel concert the first year that was replaced by the yard sale the following year, and Freeland said the three major fundraisers, along with several smaller ones, brought in $30,000.
“We had a lot of support,” Freeland said.
After such initial success, Brant said the fund expanded and was then able to assist more than one family per year.
Other recipients include an elementary school teacher in the Big Spring School District with undiagnosed progressive neuropathy, and a high school senior in the Carlisle School District who suffers from Type 1 neurofibromatosis.