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Cleaning Out for Good: First Presbyterian Church to hold benefit yard sale on Aug. 17

SHARON AMSTUTZ • Aug 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

KINGSPORT — First Presbyterian Church will hold a benefit yard sale on Saturday to raise funds for a special outreach project with Roosevelt Elementary School.

The sale will take place in the church Fellowship Center from 8 a.m. until noon. The church is located at 100 W. Church Circle.

THE BACK STORY

It started out when a Sunday School class was looking for something hands-on to do this summer, and decided to clean out the storage closet in their classroom and stock it with school supplies.

The church has been community partners with DB Excel, the Cora Cox Academy, and Roosevelt Elementary School, and that seemed like a good project for the class to take on to help those schools — as well as a way to support the teachers in their own congregation.

THE IDEA GREW

The church was full of closets, cabinets and storage areas that needed cleaning out, AND the church was looking for a way to raise money for an outreach project with Roosevelt Elementary. Why not sell the furniture, fixtures, children’s area things and other items the church no longer needs and use the proceeds to fund the project?

UNIQUE, USEFUL AND FUN FINDS AT THE SALE WILL INCLUDE:

An industrial kitchen mixer, a gas dryer, Christian Education material, desks, TVs, storage cabinets and shelves, wheelchairs and other medical equipment, décor and household items and a large collection of Star Trek memorabilia.

There are also toys, furniture, soft indoor play structure pieces and other children’s supplies.

A STORYTELLER’S VISIT

The funds raised from the sale will support a visit to Roosevelt Elementary School by storyteller, author, and musician Bill Harley in October. The school will enjoy performances during two assemblies that day and participate in the One School, One Book program by ReadtoThem.org® by reading one of the books from Harley’s Charlie Bumpers series.

Each student in the school will be given a book, and CDs of Harley’s stories and music will be provided to classrooms as the students anticipate his visit.

Sharon Amstutz is First Presbyterian Church’s associate pastor.

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